VIDEO: Houston Chief’s Emotional Press Conference
"I've been here only nine months. We have 6,500 employees & I knew who Steve Perez was."By Calibre Press | Aug 30, 2017
Houston Police say 60-year-old Sgt. Steve Perez, trying to get to work despite Hurricane Harvey, drowned in his patrol car in floodwaters.
In a somber news conference Tuesday afternoon, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Perez’s wife, Cheryl, had asked her husband not to report to work Sunday morning. But Perez, who had been on the police force for 34 years and was just a few days short of his 61st birthday, insisted on going in.
“Unfortunately in the darkness, Sgt. Perez drove into an underpass that’s about 16 1/2 feet, drove into the water and he died in a drowning-type event,” said Acevedo, his eyes moistening.
“Steve is one of the sweetest people in this department and I’ve been here only nine months. We have 6,500 employees and I knew who Steve Perez was because he was a sweet, gentle public servant.”
“Sometimes you find a way to make it happen, or you die in trying. Sgt. Perez lost his life because he tried to make it happen, he tried to get at his post … that’s the ultimate sacrifice,” said Turner, as quoted by the Houston Chronicle.
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