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Statement on Gulf Coast Flooding by Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd

August 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Images of the historic flooding on the Texas and Louisiana coasts are immensley powerful: flooded Houston highways; residents pulling their neighbors out of their homes with boats, rafts and other makeshift floation devices; and first responders—exhausted from working all day and night—collapsed on floors and chairs, getting some quick rest before heading back out to rescue more survivors.

As Hurricane Harvey took aim at South Texas, law enforcement officers and first responders worked to evacuate the cities in its path and provide safety for those who remained. And as the rivers and bayous of the Houston metro area broke their banks, emergency personnel worked quickly to rescue citizens and take them to safety. All this is being done while local law enforcement officers worked hard to uphold the rule of law in these ravaged areas.

On behalf of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, we can never thank these first responders enough for the work they have done in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, members of the National Guard and military personnel have risked their lives repeatedly to save those struggling in this time of immense need. And in many cases, first responders were working when their own homes fell victim to the storm.

Last Sunday, the Houston (TX) Police Department lost Sergeant Steve Perez, a 34-year veteran of the agency, when his was patrol car was caught in a flooded street as he desperately tried to make his way to work. When his family asked him not to go because of the rough conditions, he replied, “We’ve got work to do.”

This is what law enforcement officers and other first responders do every day. Thankfully, these men and women are called to service and we can count on them when help is desperately needed. Please join me in thanking the officers who have provided safety and solace to their communities and honoring and remembering a fallen hero, Sgt. Steve Perez, and his family.

This FEMA resource page provides important information as emergency personnel continue to save as many as possible from a devastating situation.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 21,183 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund has begun construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit

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