Early Tuesday morning, Sgt. Steve Perez’s body was recovered in Houston, Texas. Perez, 60, left for work in the dark about 4 a.m. Sunday and “spent about 2½ hours driving around trying to get to his duty station,” police Chief Art Acevedo said. The 34-year police veteran drove on an underpass and drowned. Once their dive team arrived on the scene, it was too treacherous to go under and look for Perez. They decided they did not want to put more officers at risk.
The officer’s death is hitting the department hard, especially because so many officers are stressed from working non-stop while floodwater rises.
The mayor applauded the dedication of the police force.
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