Sheriff Glenn Smith of the Waller County Sheriff’s Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez.

Deputy Vasquez, 23, responded to a high priority water rescue call in area of the county in which there were reports of water washing over roadways during a torrential storm. While she was driving to the call she encountered a flash flood. As a result, her patrol vehicle was swept off the road and overturned into a drainage ditch, with Vasquez trapped inside.

Other deputies came to her aid and were able to locate the vehicle and remove her.

Vasquez was then transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Cypress. Considerable efforts were made to revive her by hospital staff. However, they were unsuccessful.

Loren Vasquez served the Waller County Sheriff’s Department briefly for five months. She had just completed her 20-week field-training program and was on her third shift as solo patrol deputy at the time of her death.

“She was right out of the academy and excited to be employed with us, especially in the county where she lives,” said Deputy Byron Fausset.

“She was one of us. Public safety was her mission in life,” said Capt. Manuel Zamora.

Moreover, Vasquez also served the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department.

Her parents and a younger brother survive her.

Deputy Sheriff Loren Vasquez is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Loren Vasquez

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)