Agent HÃ©ctor MatÃas-Torres and Agent Lorenzo-GonzÃ¡lez drowned when their vehicles were caught in floodwaters during Hurricane Maria.
Both officers were completing a 24-hour shift, at approximately 6:00 am, as part of the hurricane response and rescue efforts. They were attempting to get back to the police station when their vehicles were caught in high water and washed into the Culebrinas River, in Aguada, as they drove along PR-115. Their bodies were recovered the following day.
Agent MatÃas-Torres had served with the Puerto Rico Police Department for 22 years.