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.

Officer Nava and family: I just want to say that i was Hanks Sgt. at Austin Park Police. We got to know each other along with( MOM ) that's what they used to call my wife Ernestine. She passed on in 1993 from cancer. I just want to share a little bit about myself. When she passed on i thought my world had ended unknown to me that i had many friends that cared about me, and my family.Those same friends are the one's that bought me back to reality and gave me and my family another chance at life. I thank all those people for the help and understanding that they demonstrated during troubled times. I will never forget how troubled , and afraid i felt for my kids and myself.We take for granted every thing around us until our lord calls our loved ones. I learned how to enjoy life a little more because of the misfortunes that my family has encounter in life. Hank was also my student, friend , and most of all my family. I have never met you, but Hank would speak about you when he went to visit us at Park Police. If ever i can do anything for you and the family just ask. My family is your family. Love The Machado Family.

SGT.Robert Machado
Travis County Austin Tx

June 8, 2011


My dearest Hank, today you would be celebrating your 45th birthday here on earth. Instead you are still 39 up on the golden streets of Heaven. I can't express how much you are still missed and remembered. This week is National Police Week, the week we honor all the fallen that have given their life. What an awesome honor for all of you. Last night your Daughter did an amazing thing....I know you already know what it is. So I wont share it on here. She did not do it for any recognition. She did it because of her giving heart. And of course she get's that from you. We love you Hank.

You are always in our hearts and never forgotten.

Happy Birthday!

We love you!!!

Teresa Nava-Salazar

May 17, 2011

Happy birthday! Thank you again for your sacrifice.

S Telfer

May 17, 2011


There is never a holiday that passes that we don't miss you. I wanted to tell you that Justin wants to change his name to Henry Nava, III.......he has been wanting to do this for awhile......we don't talk about it then all of a sudden he brings it up again. He says that is the name you wanted him to have. Which he is so right. I know you did. KayLeigh said but Mom he didn't fight you on naming him Justin, I laughed and told her would you want to fight with me.....she chuckled! I remember how badly you wanted to name him after you and I wouldn't have it. I feel horrible about that now. Everyday I see how much KayLeigh and Justin have grown and I just think how cheated they are that you are not here to watch them grow and mature into the people they are becoming. They both are full of so much love, and compassion. They both have your giving heart...... I see so much of you in them daily.

You will always have my heart, Hank. Though I have started my new chapter, my new journey in what I call my new life, the memories from my life with you will always remained untouched, I will always remember the great life we had, the two most beautiful children you gave to me, the legacy you have left us. I am and will be forever grateful for spending 14 years of my life with you. You taught me how to live, how to take care of ME, and how to take care of our kids..... You wanted me to be able to continue in this life with out you even though I never ever imagined that it would happen to us.

Hope your Easter was fantastic in Heaven. What an awesome day to be with our Lord Jesus Christ.....

The Heart Always Remembers

Teresa Nava-Salazar

April 24, 2011

As time flies by and years have gone on, I still think about you everyday. I always keep your memory in my heart. I saw your picture today and just stopped and stared at it. Time can heal a broken heart but it can never make me forget you, or how much I miss you.
I graduate this may, I know you'll be watching it from heaven.
I love and miss you Hank.

Chelsea Bauer
God daughter & Neice

April 21, 2011

Merry Christmas! This was your favorite time of year. You are always missed and your are always thought of.

We love you, Hank! Thank you for your sacrifice.

Teresa Nava-Salazar

December 25, 2010

I am sure everyday in Heaven is like Christmas...
You have a new great neice. She's a cutie! Merry Christmas Hank!


December 22, 2010

I can't say enough how much I miss my friend (always). The greatest honor to me is the friendship I have with your family and getting to be in their lives. They are truly unbelievable and a blessing. But, I wish things were the way they were on Nov. 28th, 2005. I'll miss you always. Thanks for your friendship and guidance.

Det. Brian Clouse
Fort Worth POlice

December 1, 2010


Today was the 5 year anniversary of your death.....Unfortunately, we have to go through two anniversaries in the same week. The anniversary of the day you were shot then two days later when you died.

Today the kids and I along with Richard & the boys as well as so many of our friends help serve the Fort Worth Police Dept. lunch and dinner. We served probably close to 500 officers today. It was an amazing day. We did this to honor the 5 year anniversary of your passing and to also say THANK YOU to the FWPD Officers for what they continually do for their community. There is never enough done for them.

You would be so proud of the kids Hank...... they did an awesome job today and every day I am more and more proud of them. You are thought of daily and are missed daily.

I know you are watching and are in awe....I love hearing people still come up to me 5 years later and sharing a Hank story with me. You were loved by so many and so many people have not forgotten about you.

You are forever our HERO! I love you always and forever.....

Teresa Nava-Salazar

December 1, 2010

Hank, it's been 5 years since you went to be with God. I keep Theresa and the kids in my prayers everyday. I think about you and my dad up there watching over me in my line of work as well as all our families. I will keep watch down here you and my dad rest.

Detective Bryan Laurie Son of Fallen
Officer Nathan Laurie EOW 7-29-04

December 1, 2010

It's hard to believe that its been five years. Rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten.

Kevin Foster
Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial

December 1, 2010

RIP You are thought of often especially on this day


December 1, 2010


5 years ago today my life forever changed. I remember seeing you at the hospital and immediately I knew you would not make it. The injuries were to severe. I couldn't have made it where I am today without all our Friends and Family. I am and always will be forever grateful to so many.

This is a hard time of year and it always will be. You are never forgotten Hank. You will always be our hero.

The Heart Remembers

Teresa Nava-Salazar

November 29, 2010


We can't believe it has been 5 years. I still remember the moment I saw your picture appear on the 9 o'clock news and yelled for Tony. There was no way it could be you who was the officer being talked about since 2pm that day on every news channel, Tony & I thought. These type of things did not happen to good guys! As we quickly left for the hosptial, we realized we were leaving Tristan in bed, it was all out of shock. The drive to leave Tristan at my parents, and rush to the hosptial, seemed forever, especially in Tony's eyes. The next 2 1/2 days, that hosptial was Tony's home, he could not imagine leaving there. You were an amazing friend to Tony, and he stills has a tough time dealing with it, and often asks himself What Would Hank Do? We feel extremley blessed that Teresa and the kids have become family to us, I do believe you had us in your life for a reason. Tony & I will always be there for them three. Of course, Tony is patial to Justin, he tries to do what you would do for him. And KayLeigh, well, she is the daughter I never had, and I love your little girl that has turned into a beautiful young lady with all my heart!

Keep watching over them Hank, Teresa is doing a great job raising them, but your guidance that you send from up above, I know helps give her that push!

We do love you & miss you VERY much!

Tony & Anita Tenorio


November 29, 2010


What a busy week this was. On Tuesday, it would have been our 19th wedding anniversary. KayLeigh gave her testimony in front of her school in chapel that morning. It was a powerful testimony of how God has blessed her. Bruce, Ernest and some other officers were there to watch. That meant alot to her. She is an amazing girl, Hank. Her heart is pure as GOLD. Your Mom came up this week to spend time with us. It was nice having her here. You were so much like her. Alot of what she did and how she did it reminded me of you. Because you did things the same. We are now traveling back to Round Rock to spend Thanksgiving with my Dad. Happy Thanksgiving, Hank. This time of year is especially hard because it's that time of year when we lost you. So hard to believe we are at year 5. Still doesn't seem possible.

The Heart Remembers, always........

Teresa Nava-Salazar

November 25, 2010

Just thinking about you today my friend.

Officer S.N. Stratyen
Fort Worth P.D.

November 7, 2010


Well, today we put another 10-4 for HANK run behind us. What an incredible and beautiful day it ended up being. We had 527 runners/walkers. We keep growing each year. It is going exactly how I imagined. I can't help but think you are really proud of all this. I know I am proud of it all and proud that I can keep your name out there to honor your memory. Mainly for the kids because they deserve to always know that their Daddy was a true HERO. KayLeigh was very involved this year and I am so proud of her. Each year she takes on a little bit more responsibility. I hope that one day she will take over and I can stand back and watch her continue to honor you. Justin ran the 1 mile and was crying by the end. He was tired and he feet hurt. He made me laugh a little.

Hank, I am truly blessed not only by my new family. My husband, Richard who supports my every move and understand's my need to keep your memory alive for your babies. He doesn't take it personally but he is there to comfort me and get me through this time of year. He is nothing short than truly amazing. I feel so lucky. Richard's parents are involved as well. I think it is a true testament to the family Richard came from. All of those years Hank there was a reason that Tony and Anita were our friends. The fact that yall met and we all eventually met and became friends tell me it was setting my path for my new journey that would eventually happen. Though we don't understand why you were taken from us. God already had his plan in place for what would happen. All I can say is Richard loves me, he loves our babies and that is more than I could have ever asked for in a million years.

Dad & Marie and always here for the whole week, and Kevin and Lisa come in as well. This year Kevin and Lisa ran the 4 mile run. Lisa has now began to run alot. Then there is Brian Clouse, who Hank I tell you what he was your TRUE Friend......You have no idea what a friend you had in Brian. He has never left our side and he is continually there for me and the kids and is very committed to the Hank Foundation. He made a promise to you Hank and he is keeping that promise. you would be proud.

Doyal Gilbert - this whole thing was his idea from the get go. He has helped and given more hours than all of us insuring our permits are in place and things are running smoothly. He is a great officer and I am blessed that he is continually here for us as well.

Then there is my Fort Worth Dad (Bruce Southey) what would I do without him. Again, another true example of a great friend. He is always here for us no matter what we need and when we need it. He has listened to me melt down on several occasions and he doesnt judge he just listens.

Hank you had some amazing friends and I could go on and on about so many of them. You left a legacy for your kids to have for many years to come.

You made me who I am today and I am forever grateful for our life together even though cut short. Thank you for my two beautiful babies who remind me of you daily. They are amazing kids and you would be extremely proud of them. I know you are watching over them and guiding them as you see fit.

Here's to you, Hank!

The Heart Always Remembers.

Teresa Nava-Salazar

October 30, 2010

I drove by the Filling Station the other day and had to smile!


September 28, 2010

Officer Nava, sweet rest. I know you are a very special guardian angel for your family.

Teresa, I check now and then to see how you are doing. I rejoice in your happiness and I know Hank does too. He would only wish you joy in your life so allow yourself to grasp happiness firmly with both hands.

God Bless.


September 11, 2010


The beginning of the school year is always hard for me. It is one of those times that I think you should be here to watch your kid's. KayLeigh is a Freshman in high school now.....I can't believe it! Where did our little girl go? She is so beautiful Hank and I can still see you douting over her. She was your little girl. She is a Varsity Cheerleader this year. I am so excited at what her life holds for her. I know you would be so proud of her and how she has grown into a young lady.

Justin is in 4th grade which makes it a hard year for me. This was the same grade KayLeigh was in when you died. He will also have the same teacher. So it's hard to think wow! He is at the age that KayLeigh was at when we lost you. He has changed alot Hank. So many things he does I see you. He has come a long way from his fit throwing days. I didn't think he would ever get through those, but he did. He is playing Golf and just loving life. He will always be our baby!

I have learned so much during the last 4 1/2 years. Some of it on my own, some from our kids. I often wonder what you are thinking while you are watching down on us. Do you think I am doing a good job? Am I doing thing the way you would have? I have to believe I am. You are always missed, Hank. I love knowing we have our own special guardian angel watching us.

Our hearts always remember........

Teresa Nava-Salazar

August 7, 2010

HERO..we are still on earth fighting the good fight!...Your selflessness is no less than heroic......"Life has a flavor the protected will never know".......


July 14, 2010

Hank -

Happy Father's Day! There isn't a day that you are not thought of. The kids miss you each and everyday. I am so thankful I have both of them to remind me of you in things that they do. They are so big, and they have changed so much.

Hope your day in Heaven was awesome and I thank you for everything you did for us when you were with us. You are still our HERO and you always will be. Thank you for being our Guardian Hero.

The Heart ALWAYS remembers.

Teresa Nava

June 21, 2010


This week is National Police Week......a week to reflect and remember the loss that we had in our own family but thousands and thousands of other law enforcement officers as well. Last night was the Memorial at the Fort Worth Police & Firefighters Memorial......I had the honor to read 11 names which included your name. As I stood there about to read your name the pain came barreling down. I couldn't help my voice from crackling as I read My Husband, Henry Nava, Jr. End of Watch 12-01-05. It never is easy. Minutes later as I went back to my seat I look down at your Daughter on the front row...she is in tears, which in turn made me cry even more. We talked on the way home that there will never be a day that we will not miss you, we will continue to have hard times down the road but we are SURVIVORS and your Daddy would be proud!

I have no doubt that you are not proud of the job we have done to keep your memory alive, to help other families in the community all while trying to grieve our loss. I am thankful each and everyday for the second chance at life I have been given, the chance to love again but yet keep my memories close to my heart. The chance for KayLeigh & Justin to have another Father figure in their life. Not that Richard replaces you in anyway....Richard is here to guide them the way he thinks you would do if you were here. And one day Richard hopes to meet you in Heaven and that you tell him he did good. I know you will.....

It's been 4 1/2 years and yet it seems like yesterday. So many people miss you and they will continue to miss you forever. Watch over us Hank as I know you have been doing. Just knowing you are right there helps me through my days. You will forever be our HERO!

The Heart Always Remembers,

Teresa Nava-Salazar

May 11, 2010

Still checking your memorial page to let you know you are still thought of!


April 30, 2010

Well Hank, at times it feels like yesterday that this all happened. I can not explain in words how sorry I am that this happened to you. There is not a day that goes by that I do not wish that I could have changed something on that day, but I know that I can never do that. I can honestly say that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl S.E. Myers #2984
Fort Worth Police Department

March 20, 2010

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