A devastating natural disaster such as Harvey can freeze you in your tracks, but those tasked with helping others for a living don’t dare allow that to happen to them for even a second.
Every second is precious when others are in peril, and we’ve seen a countless number of amazing folks rushing to help others with little regard or concern for themselves.
Houston police officer Steve Perez was among the many that did just that. Tragically, the storm that devastated the area has also claimed him as a victim.
The Daily Wire shares the news.
On Sunday, Houston police officer Steve Perez, days away from turning 61, determined to rescue those in distress from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, was cautioned by his wife and her father, a Korean War veteran, to stay home from work because it was too dangerous. Perez, unaware he would die in the attempt, responded, “We’ve got work to do.”
Perez left home at 4 a.m. and drove more than two hours to reach his duty station in downtown Houston, but could not find a path. Following department protocol, he tried to report to the nearest station, in Kingwood. But Perez made a wrong turn, winding up driving into roughly 16 feet of flood water, where he drowned.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo paid tribute to his fallen colleague during a tearful press conference on Tuesday.
Acevedo continued, “Here’s a man who didn’t spend 20 minutes and then come back and say, ‘Hey, I tried,’; he spent close to two and a half hours because he has that in his DNA.” He said he told Perez’s wife:
“Let me ask you something, ma’am, you’re a person of faith. If the Lord was going to take him today, how do you think he would want to go, laying in bed, watching a disaster, or doing what he’s done for 34 years?” And the smile that overcame that woman’s face, his beautiful wife, said it all: If it was his turn to go, she said, this is the way he would have wanted to go.
Perez paid little mind to concerns for his own safety. He had a job to do, and he went out and did it.
The fact that it cost him his life is nothing short of tragic, but it’s a testament to the honor and bravery of those that protect and serve.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones of Perez.
Source: The Daily Wire