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A Houston Police Officer Drowned While Driving To Work During Storm Harvey

A Houston Police Officer Drowned While Driving To Work During Storm Harvey

The Houston cop who died in floodwaters while driving to work was a "sweet and gentle public servant" who was dedicated to his job, the city's weeping police chief said Tuesday during a press conference.

Unprecedented flooding has forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes, particularly in the Houston area where two dams are overflowing.

At a Tuesday news conference, Houston officials confirmed Perez's death.

The chief said Sgt. Steve Perez was trying to get to his primary post in downtown Houston about 4 a.m. Sunday, KPRC in Houston reported. "He could not find a path".

"It was too treacherous to go under (into the floodwaters) and look for him", Acevedo said, his voice cracking with emotion.

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Malaysian navy crews participating in a three-nation air and sea search for the sailors had also found a body, Swift confirmed. On June 17, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship about 90 miles from Japan, killing seven American sailors.


The 34-year department veteran's body was recovered from his vehicle early Tuesday morning.

On the morning of August 29, the dive team went out in the darkness and determined that "Sgt. Perez drove into an underpass drove into the water and he died in the flood in a drowning type of event", Arcevedo said.

"Every single day we ask our men and women in blue to show up, to come to work when conditions are good and even when conditions are very challenging", said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

"He was trying different routes, and took a wrong turn", an unidentified official told the Chronicle earlier Tuesday.

With the officer's death, Hurricane-now Tropical Storm-Harvey, or the rains it generated after making landfall, has killed 15 people in Texas.


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