One man used his last words to save a friend’s life, warning him away from a live electrical wire. Another died checking on his uncle. Several others were last seen helping people out of floodwaters.
They’re among Harvey victims who lost their lives trying to save others. Others died doing their best to survive the catastrophic disaster.
They range from 6 years old to 89. Their stories are emerging as the death toll from the storm continues to mount.
Twenty-five-year-old Andrew Pasek was on a mission to check on his beloved older sister’s cat when he stepped on a live electrical wire in ankle-deep water Tuesday, his parents said through sobs Thursday.
Pasek then fell into the lamppost attached to the live wire. Pasek’s friend moved closer to help, but Pasek warned him away.
“He said, ‘Don’t touch me. I’m dying,'” according to his mother, JoDell Pasek, who lost her other son to a drunk driver in the 1990s.
Al Pasek said his son was “a remarkable young man” who was always rescuing animals that needed a home and even once saved his own father’s life when he choked on a piece of food and couldn’t breathe for more than a minute.
“This is absolutely devastating,” Al Pasek said of his son’s death.
Al and JoDell Pasek want to scatter their son’s ashes at Mount Rushmore, where they had long planned to take a family trip. “Maybe we’ll still take that family trip,” a tearful JoDell said.
Houston police Sgt. Albert Steve Perez died heading to work around 4 a.m. Sunday. The 60-year-old father of two left after his wife urged him to stay home, Houston police Chief Art Acevedo said.
“I’ve got work to do,” Perez told his wife, according to the chief. “He has that in his DNA.”
“I’ve only been here nine months, we’ve got 6,500 employees and I knew who Steve Perez was, because he was a sweet, gentle public servant,” Acevedo said.
Two men, 45-year-old Yahir Rubio-Vizuet and 33-year-old Jorge Perez, died in a boat accident while on a mission with family and friends to save people from the floodwaters, according to their family. Two men in their group remain missing, with their family members posting Facebook Live videos as they search on foot for their loved ones.
Other victims of Harvey died in their homes, businesses, or cars, simply trying to stay safe or find refuge.
Fifty-eight-year-old Ruben Jordan disappeared while driving during the storm and was confirmed dead by the Friendswood Police Department, according to his family, who don’t know exactly what happened…