Houston police officer drowns in Harvey floodwaters

Houston police officer drowns in Harvey floodwaters
Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 13:18:31-04

HOUSTON, TX (KXXV) - A Houston police officer drowned in flood waters over the weekend, according to the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner. The officer has been identified as 60-year-old Steve Perez

Department officials told the Houston Chronicle that the officer was in his patrol car driving to work Sunday morning when he got trapped in his patrol car in high water at I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road.

The mayor said Perez drove for 2.5 hours seeking a safe route to duty. His flooded vehicle was found at 8 a.m. today.

Mayor Turner also added that his wife urged him not to go to work on Sunday, but Perez told her, "I've got work to do."

Perez was with the Houston Police Department for 34 years. 

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