Houston police chief breaks down describing officer who died in Harvey

The Houston police chief called Sgt. Steve Perez a "dedicated" public servant.
1:59 | 08/29/17

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Transcript for Houston police chief breaks down describing officer who died in Harvey
On Sunday August. When he's. Steve Perez Sargent Steve Perez who had been on the gala premiere set for 34 years assigned to traffic enforcement division. Left his home at 4 AM. We responded to hardy toll in beltway eight where we were better it's high since the probability that was a last place that we to amend. We call for a dive team. We even use one of our. What were we colonies because Louisiana god bless them part cajun navy. You know horror American cajun navy. Helped us look for him so long you can find him pinned. Quarterback conductor it was too treacherous. It took to go under and look for action committed decision. To leave officers there. While waiting until the morning. Because as much as we want to recover from last night he could not put more officers are at risk. For we know harshly rebuke a recovery mission. He kept his wife apprised. Even though we had a high probability that she was gone we we don't we always along the whole. Each week I called her last night she was desperately wanting more information week I can perform. Seems to have found them we're still looking for check in hospitals. How long we can't communicate with the hospitals because so. You know someone been evacuated and they wound keeper. Apprised of the situation. This morning at 8 AM the vaccine was out there again which was there's number one priority. And live within twenty minutes they found him. Unfortunately in the darkness sergeant Perez drove into an underpass that's about sixteen now feet. Drove into the law order and he died. And a flood. An adrenaline packed event.

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