Houston police chief breaks down describing officer who died in Harvey

Houston police chief breaks down describing officer who died in Harvey

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed that police Sgt. Steve Perez has died after he became trapped in his patrol auto as he was driving to work.

Perez, just days shy of his 61st birthday, was in his patrol vehicle driving to work downtown Sunday morning when he got trapped in high water, according to reporting from the Houston Chronicle.

Acevedo praised Perez's dedication to the job.

Acevedo added that Perez's family asked him not to go to work that day, but he said, "We've got work to do".

"We couldn't find him", Acevedo said through tears.

Acevedo said Perez spent hours trying to get to his duty station in downtown Houston. "Sgt. Perez lost his life because he tried to make it happen, he tried to get at his post ..."

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Update 4:50 p.m. August 28: The Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Monday afternoon that it was not immediately able to confirm a report that a family of six was swept away by floodwaters and killed on Sunday.

The search team determined his probable path and narrowed down his last location to the Hardy Toll Road in Houston, Acevedo said. George R. Brown Convention Center exceeded its 5,000-person capacity Monday night, with hundreds of more people pouring in.

Officials in Harris County - which includes Houston - told BuzzFeed News that in addition to two confirmed deaths, including Perez, they "highly suspect" seven additional deaths "are related to the hurricane".

He drove into an underpass and drowned in floodwater. I knew who Steve Perez was because he was a sweet, gentle public servant.

The officials did not give the officer's name, but said he had been with the department for more than 30 years.

The mayor applauded the dedication of the police force.

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