WALLER COUNTY, Texas – The funeral arrangements for Waller County Sheriff's Office Deputy Loren Vasquez were announced on Monday.
While the family will have a private visitation, a public visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home at 819 Waller Avenue in Brookshire. The funeral service will be Thursday at noon at Community of Faith at 16124 Becker Road in Hockley. Vasquez's final resting location will be at Pattison Methodist Cemetery in Pattison.
Here is what the Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post:
"On behalf of the Vasquez Family, Waller County Sheriff's Office and the Brookshire Fire Department, we want to extend a sincere thank you to everyone for the phone calls, texts, posts, offers of service/support and prayers for our families. This has been a very difficult time for all of us and your words of comfort have truly meant a lot. God Bless each one of you."
Last week, Vasquez, 23, was responding to a water rescue call when her patrol car rolled into high water near Farm to Market 352 at Hoover Road and she became trapped.
Vasquez’s patrol car became airborne and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch, the Sheriff’s Office said.
According to authorities, responding deputies were not able to get to Vasquez. It was Vazquez’s third night alone on the job. She had just finished training.
Her exact cause of death is still being determined, police said.
Vasquez lived in Waller County with her parents and younger brother and was an active member of the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to being a deputy, Vasquez was also a firefighter with the Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Lyndon Stamps said Vasquez had been with the department for seven months and was dedicated to serving both departments equally.