Houston officials on Tuesday confirmed the death of police Sgt. Steve Perez, who drowned in his vehicle on Sunday after being trapped by Harvey floodwaters as he was attempting to drive to work.
He is survived by his adult son and daughter and his wife, Cheryl, who told him not to go into work in the heavy rains.
Perez drowned after driving into a flooded underpass, Acevedo said.
The 60-year-old officer's wife had asked him not to go to work, but Acevedo said he went anyway.
During the conference, Acevedo emotionally reflected on Perez, stating, "Steve is one of the sweetest persons I've ever met".
The chief said Sgt. Steve Perez was trying to get to his primary post in downtown Houston about 4 a.m. Sunday, KPRC in Houston reported.
Perez was on his way to work when he hit high water.
"And his response was, 'We've got work to do, '" the chief said, choking back tears. We responded to Hardy tollway and Beltway 8, where it was the last place he had been; we called for our dive team. Acevedo said. Search crews even enlisted the help of the volunteer "Cajun Navy" to help look for Perez, Acevedo said. A drive team volunteer search and rescue force joined the search for Perez, but because of the risky waters, they weren't able to recover his body until 8 a.m. on Tuesday.
Chief Arcevedo said he was "heartened" by the fact he soon realize of the Perez family that this was a "family of faith, faith in God, there's hope in eternal life".
"Today, I will simply say that our hearts are saddened".