Funeral to be held for Houston officer who died in flooding

This undated photo provided by the Houston Police Department shows Sgt. Steve Perez. On Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Perez had lost his life trying to get to work when he became trapped in his patrol car in a flooded highway underpass. Perez had been with the force for 34 years. (Houston Police Department via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Family, friends and colleagues are set to attend the funeral service of a Houston police officer who drowned last month after becoming trapped in Hurricane Harvey-related flooding while driving to work.

The funeral for 60-year-old Sgt. Steve Perez is set to begin Wednesday morning. Police say Perez became trapped in his patrol car in a flooded highway underpass while heading to work before dawn on Aug. 27.

Police say the funeral will be held at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston. Police will then escort the funeral possession to the Houston National Cemetery for a private burial service.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo has said Perez's wife urged him to stay home that morning but Acevedo says Perez told his wife: "I've got work to do."

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