Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Henry "Hank" Nava, Jr.

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, December 1, 2005

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Reflections for Officer Henry "Hank" Nava, Jr.

God bless your office number

Security Jeffrey Harrison
Corpus Christi State School

January 3, 2020

RIP Hank
Blessed are the Peacemakers

Tori Kujala
FWPD #L743

November 29, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Nava.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 6, 2019

Officer Henry Hank Nava Jr. will never ever be forgotten. May your soul forever rest in peace.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired
New York State Police

September 15, 2018

Today has been a hard morning......Officer Garrett Hull with FWPD has been shot in the head and is fighting for his life. Hearing this news early this morning has broken my heart. I am hurting for the Officer, the Officer's family and all your brothers and sisters in blue. I can't even explain all the emotions I am having right now. It is like it has hit me in the gut hard.

Hank I miss you so very much and it never get's easier that you are not here on earth with the kids and me. I was telling Brenda last night how much I miss hearing your voice, that quirky smile you had and just your loving heart for others in need. We both laughed because most of the time you were a complete ASS! But people tended to love you anyways.

KayLeigh is in Grad school at TCU and is doing great. I am always proud of her drive in all that she does. I know how much she wishes you were here to share in the excitement and joy with her.

Henry started his Senior year of High School last month and just got his first job outside of Fajita Freaks. He will be working at Six Flags. He is excited about that. I took him to Forever Young the other day so he could pick up some records. It made me think of the day we went there. We are currently applying for colleges and I think I am not ready! It is hard when its time to let your kids venture on their own.

Keep watching over us and giving us signs you are around us. We all love and miss your terribly.

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

September 14, 2018

You have been on my mind a lot lately. I have even seen you in my dreams. If I stand still long enough to thank about everything I still have a hard time believing the reality of you being gone forever. 12 years is a long long time and it definitely seems like forever in my eyes.

Your beautiful princess baby girl is graduating from college in just a few short weeks. I know you will be watching from above but oh how I wish you would be here with her in person on her special day. TCU was both your dream and her dream and she did it! I have no doubt that you are super proud of her cause I know I am. She has had some amazing world traveling experiences the last 4 years. I wish I could have been half as brave as she was traveling the world with confidence.

My heart still hurts over losing you. I will never in a million years understand why it was your time but I have to accept that was God's plan for your life. Just know it never gets easier. Our pain is still there and will always be there.

Keep watching over us from above and know that you are thought of often.

Love Always,

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

April 13, 2018

MISS YA BRO

R. V. DESSELLES OFFICER
FORMER FWPD CURRENT PBPD

August 25, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 15, 2016

A decade.....it just doesn't seem possible.....So much has happened and changed in a decade. Losing you changed me forever. I am not the same person I was when you were alive. Sometimes I feel extremely guilty for that.

KayLeigh was 9 when you died and she is now 19 1/2, you missed her Sweet 16, Graduation from High School, her first day of college......now she is on her 2nd year of college and soon to be venturing off to Italy to study abroad. You would be so proud of the strong young lady she is. However, she often wonders what life would be like if you were still with us. We all do.

Henry was 4 and now 14 1/2, you missed his Kindergarten Graduation, his first day of middle school, and high school, him changing his name from Justin to Henry, him trying his hand at football and most recently his first Explorer ceremony. Though he isn't alway vocal about his feelings I know he misses you everyday.

I survived years 1 through now 10 of being without you. I survived a trial during year 2. I have survived losing friends along the way. I have been so blessed to re-marry. Something I never thought in a million years would happen. The fact that I love both of you in such different ways. He supports the kids and I in all that we do and he is never threatened by your memory. I am super duper lucky!! I even got two bonus kids in the deal. I often tease that it was you that brought Richard into my life. You always wanted 4 kids and I didn't. I always thought it was your way of saying haha......

KayLeigh has your love of shopping and expensive things......Every time I see a package arrive I think of all your packages that use to arrive.....LOL!!

Life without you will always be different and of course never the same. But to say I am not blessed for what I have received even through heartache would be an understatement.

Last night your CRT team joined us for dinner at the house. It was so good to see everyone. I haven't seen some of them for a very long time. It really warmed my heart. I know how much you enjoyed your team and how close all of you were. I was so happy we could remember the 10th Anniversary that way.

Hank, you are still so loved.....you are still remembered by so many. We love hearing the Hank stories that still float around out there. It may be a decade since you left us. But the memories are still as clear as yesterday.

I love you Hank, I always will. One day we will meet again and I can tell you in person all about our beautiful children and all they have done good in their lives.

Thank you for our 14 years together, thank you for teaching me to be the strong independent woman I would need to know how to be. Thank you for providing us with a beautiful life when you were here on earth. Thank you for blessing me with two beautiful children that made our family complete.

You will always be in my heart always and forever.

Rest In Peace my sweet, Hankie.....we will meet again one day.

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

November 30, 2015

It's been awhile...... Life just keeps happening. KayLeigh is almost through her Freshman year at TCU. I have missed her so much this year but am thankful that all your friends from FWPD are now at TCU so she has lots of support there. She is doing amazing even though she thinks she needs to do better. She still is that same little over achiever she was when you were here. She has your love for shopping!!! You know the way a new package came every day for you. It's like that with her. And she has her Daddy's most expensive taste. She doesn't even try. It just happens.

And then there is our little Henry, though he isnt little anymore. He is 5ft 6 inches. He just turned 14 years old. He is into video games and is running track at school. Him and I just got to visit the National Police Memorial in DC. It's the first time he has been there since age 4. He didn't remember it. So glad we got to visit it. He is getting to the age where he really is missing you.

Every year that passes is hard. We all three wonder what life would be like if you were here. I think the unknown is the hardest. We will always love you and you are never a thought out of our mind. We love and miss you FOREVER!!

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

March 22, 2015

Hank, it seems like it was just yesterday that we were all dealing with your death and preparing for your murderer's trial. I will never forget that day or where I was when we got the news. Rest in Peace, Hank

Tori Kujala Senior Firearms Examiner
FWPD Crime Lab

December 1, 2014

25 years, seems like so long ago!

Julie Dalton

October 21, 2014

Day Shift, G-Dst... thank you for being my friend... RIP Hank!

Det LY Sorrels 2637
Fort Worth Police Dept

August 23, 2014

Hank. You will never be forgotten. You were an inspiration to all officers and I still talk to my team about you and your sacrifice. You will always be my partner and I will never forget what you did that day.

Sgt S. E. Myers
FORT WORTH POLICE

August 23, 2014

Sir,
I will never forget the call on the radio, "Shots fired, officer down." The call went out as I was exiting my take home police car in my driveway. My wife and daughter were in the yard about to greet me. They must have known that something was wrong, I kissed them and told them that "Daddy has to go back to work." That day we all got a taste of the evil in this world. As a young officer I was again reminded that our job is not a "game" but a real, deadly life and death battle. My wife and daughter realized that some days the cost of the battle is the life of a warrior, a sheepdog. Since that time I have witnessed Dwayne Freeto's death and been involved in other CPI's (Critical Police Incidents). Everytime I am reminded of the cost of our battle. Everytime I remember that men better than me have given their lives. Everytime I step forward with grim determination because men like you came before me. Thank you sir for being a hero; Thank you Nava family for your sacrifice. You are never forgotten sir, God Bless you.

Officer
Fort Worth PD

March 30, 2014

Hank-

Today our baby boy turns 13! It doesn't seem possible. I will never forget that day for as long as I live. We were not at all ready for his grand appearance that day. You have been gone 9 years of his life but I know you have been watching him turn into the man he is. As hard as it may be that I have moved on with Richard, Richard has taken incredible care of our kids with me. Though you will always be Henry's Daddy, I am thankful he was blessed with another Dad to help him through his life. These milestones are the hardest for me and it is when I think of you the most. Days that you should be here celebrating with us, with your kids.

Keep being our guardian angel. Keep holding your babies hands at night, or laying a hand upon their shoulders. Keep praying for peace in their life and guidance in the path they are suppose to take. Be that quiet listening ear from above keeping watch over them and protecting them from harm.

You are loved and always missed.

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

March 6, 2014

Hank-
Here we are at year 8. How can it be? You have missed so much in 8 years. Your baby girl is 17 and a Senior in high school, she is currently looking at colleges and I know I am biased but she is absolutely beautiful inside and out. I know you are so proud of her. Then our little Henry he is getting tall and each year he looks more and more like you. He tried football this year and even wore the football number on his jersey that you wore in high school. He was proud of that. But he hated football!! LOL.

No matter how many years go by we will never forget the sacrifice you made for your community and for your family.

We love you more than words could ever say and when we reunite in heaven that will be most evident.

Keep being our guardian angel. Our hearts always remember.

With much Love,

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

November 29, 2013

You are missed!

Officer David G. Deck #2296
FWPD, San Angelo PD, retired GPPD

November 19, 2013

Well, here we are at another birthday. Today you would have turned 48 years old. I can't help to think that you would be hating it completely. You were so worried about just turning 40!! Hank, birthdays and holidays are the worse time for us. We know you are in a better place but hate the fact that we got cheated out of our lives with you in it for longer. KayLeigh misses you so much. Your baby is a Senior now. How can that be? This next year is going to be so hard on her. Just keep watching and be her guardian angel. Henry, well what can I say he is as OCD as he was years ago when you were here with us. He is getting big and he wants to honor you so in everything that he does.

Happy Birthday, Hank. You are loved and never forgotten. You are always in my heart.

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

May 17, 2013

Hank, not a day goes by that I don't say a prayer for you and your family, brother. At the time I was a young officer on our department who always had admiration and respect for the way you carried yourself and did your job with a smile on your face. I am now a Sgt. and at roll call today I told my young officers about you, many whom never had the distinct privilege of meeting you. I shared with them pictures of you and a few stories. I will continue to do this, letting these younger officers know the true hero you are is the least I can do!

Rest in peace brother!

Sgt R. Mendoza
Fort Worth Police Department

December 1, 2012

I will never forget where I was when I heard the call go out "Officer Down". What a terrible feeling. I still well up with tears when I think of that day and the following 2 days you were on life support. The procession from your funeral to your final resting place was an incredibly awesome sight to behold. (I would rather of not seen it though. ~ Meaning you would still be with us) I miss you Hank. You will never be forgotten.

I know how this tragedy has affected me and I can only imagine the loss your wife and children feel. I still pray for them.

Rest easy brother.

DM Mazurek #2689, Retired
Ft Worth PD

November 30, 2012

Today is the day.....7 years ago that I got the call you were shot. I was in Denial at first until they took me in to see you. I knew from that moment you were already gone. I will never forget the pain that i felt at that moment. Though you lived on life support for two days I knew I had lost you forever. It is hard to believe it has been 7 years. Seems like yesterday. The kids and I miss you so much. Keep being our guardian angel.

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

November 29, 2012

Thinking of you and your family today. RIP

none

November 29, 2012

This week as always will be hard for us all. We miss you, even my mom started to tear up when Jorry mentioned this was the week we lost you.
KayLeigh now calls Justin Henryetta, I know you would of appreciate her cleverness! Chris Jr. Heard her call him it, he went, "you know what I like you, your just like your dad!" Everything is so different now, but when the whole family is together nothing is different same people, just older.
I know I talk to you all the time in the car when I'm driving alone, but thank you for watching over me uncle hank. Thank you for watching over the whole family. Love you and miss you more then ever.

Chelsea Bauer
Neice/God Daughter

November 29, 2012

Hank-

Well, today we would be celebrating 21 years of Marriage. Today will always be a special date to me. I often wonder where we would be right now if you were still here. Wonder what we would be doing. I will always wonder for the rest of my life. All I know is I am thankful for the 14 years we had together and I will never forget any of the moments we shared. We had highs and we had lows but we weathered the storm no matter what. Your kids miss you always. They both remind me of you in their own way. They have grown up to be two blessings. I know you would be proud.

My life has been amazing......my life with you and now my new life with Richard. Please know that Richard is doing a great job with the kids. He loves them unconditionally always. He is an amazing man and I will always be grateful for him. Though I know it is hard at times for him to constantly have to live with your memory he never once complains. We are very blessed!

You are never far from my mind. Please know that you are never forgotten and you never will be. My love for you is deep in my heart.

Happy Anniversary!

Teresa Nava-Salazar
Widow

November 23, 2012

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