The 34-year veteran died in the early morning hours on Sunday, while trying to drive into work from a rural area where he lived, police chief Art Acevedo said.
Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, died Sunday morning while driving in a patrol vehicle to his station in downtown Houston.
Sergeant Steve Perez who worked in traffic enforcement drowned in Houston while driving through an underpass during the floods. After determining there was no safe route, Perez followed protocol and made his way to another station in Kingwood.
The dive team returned and discovered Perez' body Tuesday morning, Acevedo said. He was trapped on Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast Friday night, bringing heavy rains and unsafe flooding across southeastern Texas that is expected to continue throughout the week. He leaves behind a wife, and a son and daughter. The dive team was called out, and the Cajun Navy volunteer search and rescue force was called to assist in the effort to locate Sgt. Perez.
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"We could not put more officers at risk for what we knew in our hearts would be a recovery mission", he said. "We're going to be working with Congress in helping out the state of Texas", the President said.
After notifying Perez's family that his body had been found, Perez's wife said she'd urged him not to go to work that day and that he replied, "we've got work to do".
As he became choked up, Chief Acevedo said, "Steve is one of the sweetest people I've ever met". When he didn't show up, officers reached out to his family who said he'd left at about 4 a.m. Sunday.
"When you have faith, there's hope", Acevedo said.