There are people who hold their responsibilities more important than even their lives. This seems to be true about Houston Police Department’s veteran who worked with Traffic Enforcement division, Sgt. Steve Perez.
34-year old Sgt. Steve Perez, who drowned in the ever-increasing flood water that has turned almost the entire region into a massive, unending river, is being praised for his courage and hard work.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo while praising the veteran said that Sgt. Steve Perez was a dedicated and gentle public servant who left home in the midst of danger because he told his wife “we’ve work to do.”
The teary eyed police chief promised full honor for the slain officer who gave up his life in the line of duty. Officials say that the veteran police officer was trying to reach his work station despite insistence from his family to stay home and not venture out in such bad condition.
Officials claim that the 34-year Houston police officer drowned in his patrol car in Houston. He would have turned 61 within a few days time. He was trying to reach downtown Sunday when floodwater surged all in a sudden, taking him by surprise.
Police Chief said that the veteran police officer left home at 4 a.m. and spent more than two hours trying to get to his duty station in downtown Houston. When he could not find a path, he followed department protocol and tried to report to the nearest station, in Kingwood.
He remained incommunicado for almost an entire day. When Sgt. Steve Perez did not come for regular roll call Monday, his department called his wife, who informed the officers that she had not seen him since Sunday. They narrowed their search to the Hardy Tollway and Beltway 8, Acevedo said.
Police Chief said, “We could not put more officers at risk for what we knew in our hearts would be a recovery mission”. Later, Sgt. Steve Perez’s body was recovered from an underpass on Tuesday.
Police chief said, “Our investigation has determined that he spent 2.5 hours driving around trying to get to his duty station in the traffic enforcement division, in downtown Houston…He could not find a path…Heavy rain, dark roadways, who knows what else he saw”.
The Police chief said that Perez called his chain of command and said, “Listen I cannot get to my primary duty station…Being the dedicated professional this man was, he followed our protocol which was to go to a secondary location, the nearest location he could get to.” That was the last time anyone heard from him.