From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
REMEMBERING SERGEANT STEVE PEREZ
(Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, as Hurricane Harvey rampaged across
Texas, the heavens opened up and 50 inches of rain hammered down on the
After 2 days of hard rain, on August 27, 60-year-old Houston Police
Officer Sergeant Steve Perez got up, as he does every morning, put on
the badge, the shield over his heart, and began to drive to work to
help rescue flood victims. It was dangerous. The floodwaters were high
and constantly rising. People's homes and businesses were flooding.
Perez's wife even asked him not to go that day. But, Mr. Speaker,
Sergeant Perez knew the people of Houston were counting on him.
He made a wrong turn when he was headed to work, fighting the flooded
streets. Because of that, the 34-year veteran of the force, Sergeant
Perez, died in the floodwaters. He gave his life for the thin blue
line, the line that protects and serves the rest of us.
Officers like Sergeant Perez are just a cut above the rest of us.
They willingly put themselves into harm's way for their communities,
and their motto is to protect and to serve.
Houston will remember Texas lawman Sergeant Perez as one of their
own, putting his life on the line during one of the worst natural
disasters in Texas history.
Next week, as hundreds of officers from all over the State of Texas
and other States stand in silence, taps will be played for the end of
watch for Sergeant Perez. Sergeant Perez is one of the rare breed--the
Texas breed of law officers that sacrifice for the rest of us.
While we mourn the loss of Sergeant Perez, we thank the good Lord
that such men ever lived.
And that is just the way it is.