|Sgt. Steve Perez|
A police officer in Houston was finally laid to rest after he died in Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters on his way to work.
On Wednesday, thousands came to pay their respects to Sgt. Steve Perez, who served over three decades on Houston's police force.
Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday in Downtown Houston for the funeral of police Sgt. Steve Perez, who died last month in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey.
As Houston firefighters unfurled an American flag above the street in front of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, officers from the Houston Police Department and agencies and departments across the county, state and country assembled for Perez’s funeral Mass.
Houston police Chief Art Acevedo stood next to the family of Perez as his casket was brought into the church.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said people should focus not on Perez’s passing, but instead on the decades of service he gave to the city.
“Godspeed, Sergeant Perez,” said the dispatcher of the officer’s final call.
Turner presented the family with the city’s flag, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott presented the family with the Lone Star flag.
"I told his wife how proud we are of her, her family, and of her husband for the legacy that he stands for," Abbott said. "He is an example for all Americans and everyone across the globe."
Acevedo presented the family with the American flag that covered Perez’s casket.
Police helicopters flew the “missing man” formation over Downtown, while a 21-gun salute, taps, and bagpipes played out on the ground below.