Hero Down: Sgt Steve Perez Died Trying to Get to Work
His wife told him not to go. But Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, a 34 year veteran of the Houston Police Department was insistent. He needed to get to work to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Sunday. It was a fateful decision.
“I’ve got work to do,” Steve Perez told his wife.
It was around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. He drove around for 2.5 hours, trying to find a way to get to his duty station. Failing that, he called in to his command center and told them he was going to try to go to Kingwood instead.
The Department Dive Team and the Cajun Navy launched a search for him when he didn’t answer his radio. They found Sgt Steve Perez drowned inside his patrol car. In the darkness, he drove into deep water under a 16 ft overpass. Blue Lives Matter reported that conditions were “too hazardous” to recover his body when it was found, so officers remained on watch. His body was finally recovered Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.
All this man wanted to do was served the people of his community.
Police Chief Art Acevedo posted:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the tragic in the line of duty death of Sergeant Steve Perez. Sergeant Perez was bravely serving the City of Houston in the face of this unprecedented weather-related disaster when his vehicle entered high water.
The death of Sergeant Perez reminds us of the dangers that police officers willingly face every day in order to serve this great City. We will go through this extremely difficult and trying time with heavy hearts sadly reminded of the ultimate sacrifice one of our own paid. Words cannot adequately express the sense of loss the Perez family and their extended Houston Police family are experiencing.
Our hearts and prayers go out to Sergeant Perez’s family, his friends, neighbors and colleagues. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, a grown son and daughter, and extended family. We ask that everyone keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers.
We are proud of the courage of this 34-year veteran. Like Steve, we will not waiver and we will not stop until we meet the immediate safety and security needs of the community Steve and his HPD family love to serve.