Houston, TX – A 30-year veteran Houston Police Officer drowned in his patrol car on Sunday morning, and his body is being recovered on Tuesday.
The officer’s family has not yet been notified and his identity isn’t immediately available.
According to Houston Chronicle, the officer was driving to work on Sunday when he got trapped by high water at I-45 and Hardy Toll Rd.
He tried different routes to get around and took a wrong turn. The officer became trapped in his vehicle by the floodwater but was unable to get out.
There have been 15 known deaths as of the result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Houston police officers have been rescuing thousands of people in the city of 2.2 million, and many thousands more are still in need of help.
Houston police officers continue to sleep in stations and are working constantly to rescue people. At least 160 Houston Police Officers’ families and property have been significantly affected by the flooding, but those officers continue to work around the clock.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen officer and his family and all of the police officers working in the flood zones. Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.
As of Tuesday morning, there is no current legitimate account to donate to the officer’s family.