Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were among the hundreds of mourners who attended the service Wednesday for Sgt. Steve Perez at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.
Sixty-year-old Perez was driving a patrol car before dawn on Aug. 27 when the vehicle went into a flooded highway underpass. He served 34 years as a Houston police officer.
Many uniformed law enforcement personnel crowded into the church, including Houston police Chief Art Acevedo. Acevedo described Perez as a man with faith in his community, his family and his mission.