HOUSTON -- The Houston Police Department and family members gathered Wednesday morning at the Co-Cathedral of the Scared Heart to remember the life and service of HPD Sgt. Steve Perez, who passed away in floodwaters left by Hurricane Harvey.
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In the predawn hours on Sept. 3, Perez, 60, drove two and a half hours, seeking a safe route in order to report to duty. He got caught in the floodwaters at an underpass and drowned. Around 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Cajun Navy recovered his body inside his vehicle on Hardy at Beltway 8.
"Let this cross be a sign of your love for Steve," prayed the priest. "And for the people you have gathered here today."
"To thank God for the life of a brother, and friend, a loving husband, a caring father, a man of faith who loved God family and country."
"Our brother Steve may come to the eternal table of Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever, amen."
Perez was just shy of turning 61. Mayor Sylvester Turner praised him for decades of service. "He was on our streets for 34-35 years making this city safe and for that we will always be eternally, eternally grateful."
Perez leaves behind a large family including his wife, daughter and one son. Maverick Perez eulogized his dad. "It is not possible to speak of my father without also speaking of my mother. because, they were one. together for 29 years. they showed me what true love was. they taught me what marriage should be. full of support and love. my dad loved all of us, more than he loved himself. he wanted the best for us and his love convinced is we could do anything."
The Texas governor and Lt. governor attended today`s service at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Houston's police chief reminded everyone, Sgt. Perez was a man of faith. Acevedo said he chose to brave the elements that morning, telling his wife, "there`s work to do."
"And what we saw through his sacrifice, that Sunday, was symbolic of what this entire nation and world saw in the city of Houston and the state of Texas. for several days. We saw people coming together, putting aside any differences with one singular focus, and that was Steve`s focus. That was to make a difference."
Rest in peace, HPD Sgt. Perez.