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.

My wife and I would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Henry Nava Jr. Thank you for your years of service and dedication. We all share in the loss of losing one of our own. May God Bless.

Officer Timothy T. Royster
Huntsville Police Department, AL.

December 2, 2005

I want to give my best to Officer Nava's wife and children. Your husband and father is a TRUE HERO! He was taken from you way to soon! To the Ft Worth Police Department, I am sorry for your loss also! To many good men and woman are leaving this line of work way to soon!

Rest in Peace.

Officer Ryan Grelle
Denton PD

December 2, 2005



December 2, 2005

Another great Officer taken from us by a low life scum. God Bless Officer Nava and his family. May God give them the strength to carry on. THANK YOU, Officer Nava, for keeping US safe. Godspeed.


December 2, 2005

It is truly a deep heart felt sadness,for a father to be taken from his family..That the loss will never be vindicated until all wickedness be removed from this earth. Proverbs 2:21,22... May Officer Nava rest in peace until John 5:28,29 is fulfilled..
May the animal who took his life reap what he sowed..
Womacks Gym
Ken and Linda

Linda Womack
Womacks Gym

December 2, 2005

Today, the police community is grieving. My boyfriend is an officer, and we have lost a brother.

Teresa, I am sorry you will never be able to hold Hank again. It saddens me to think of the pain you are feeling because he was taken from you and your children.

My heart breaks for Kayleigh, and Justin. I know they will one day know what an amazing man, officer, friend and husband he was.

I am praying for Officer Nava's family, friends, and coworkers. May the Lord send his angels down to comfort you during this tragic time.

He will never be forgotten. I feel honored to know that Hank is riding beside my boyfriend, and is looking after him, and all his brothers.

Rest in peace, Officer Nava.

Vanessa Gonzalez

December 2, 2005

Officer Nava fought a couragous battle and though we may not think so right now, he did win. He is dwelling with all the protectors who have passed before him. Watching and protecting the streets with our Lord. We who put on our badge and gun everyday, knowing this may be the last time we do so, realize God has a special place for those who give their lives to serve Him. Hank Nava is one of those heros who is walking with the new FTO, Our Lord, the wisest FTO we can ever know.

To his family, all my prayers are with you in this time of grief. Only the comfort of your friends and family can be consoling right now. Fall to them in this time. They will lift you up and support you. Know that the brotherhood runs deeper than you may ever know. Officers across the world feel your loss. Anytime we lose a brother, we all feel the pain, I feel your pain. I pray for you and pray that God will lift your family up and bless you in this tragic time. The entire law enforcement community is behind you in this time. I hope that you find comfort knowing this.

God Bless you.

Deputy CM

December 2, 2005

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the lose of our brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs. Nava and family.

"...well done good and faithful servant..."

Sgt. Steven May
Texas Attorney General's Office

December 2, 2005

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the lose of our brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mrs. Nava and family.

Sgt. Steven May
Texas Attorney General's Office

December 2, 2005

Officer Nava you went were few wish to go, to do what few wish to do. To your family, friends, and co-workers my deepest condolences.

Officer Carlos J. Garcia 314
La Joya I.S.D. Police Dept.

December 2, 2005

Rest in peace my brother in blue. Now you can walk Heaven's beat. Your family, friends, and co-workers with the Fort Worth Police Department are in my thoughts and prayers.

Officer David Johns
Georgia State University Police Department

December 2, 2005

On behalf of the men and women of the Palmview Police Department, we'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Hank Nava. You are truly in our hearts and prayers.

Officer H.L. Hawbaker
Palmview Police Department
Palmview, TX

Officer Howard L. Hawbaker
Palmview Police Department

December 2, 2005

I am so sorry for another police officer to be killed in the line of duty every day i go into the ODMP and it seems like every day we have another of our officers killed. To the family of Officer Hank I am so sorry for your terrible loss of your husband and father. You will be remembered in my prayers and to Officer Hank you will never be forgotten God bless you as you now patrol Heaven and sleep in Gods Love. There is never a day that goes by that our officers are not remembered in my prayers.
Kathi Halligan, PHiladelphia Pa
Mother of a Police Officer

December 2, 2005

Hank, we are all going to miss your smile, tenancies pursuit criminals, professionalism and love of your family. We all thank God for the gift he gave us, in you, however short the time that it was.

You will be missed. I look forward to your smile when my shift is over.


Officer Jim Grow
Fort Worth Police

December 2, 2005

When God Made Peace Officers

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform.

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "It's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners' safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop... and still it keeps its sense of humor. This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.

GOD Bless Officer Nava, his family, and FWPD

December 2, 2005

Thank you to you and all the officers who give their lives so that others may live in some saftey. My prayers for your wife and your children. You have made a difference

CJ Student

December 2, 2005

My prayers are with Officer Nava'a family during this difficult time.

Theresa Kearns
Wife of a New Jersey State Trooper

December 2, 2005

On behalf of the Larkins Family, we extend our deepest condolances. For the family & fellow officers, this will be a challenging time - you will be in our thoughts and prayers. For Officer Nava, Jr. - Thank you for keeping us safe - rest now & God Bless.

Sister of Tennessee State Trooper Todd M. Larkins, EOW 7/8/2005

December 2, 2005

Officer Nava, my heart felt sorrow and prayers go to your family friends and all of the fellow officers that worked with you. It is never easy to hear of an Officer that has given his life to protect his community. You will not be forgotten. Say hello to my cousin Larry and his father if you could. I will keep your family, friends and the Fort Worth Police Department in my prayers. Thank you for you dedicated service.

Gary Cochran Jr Wylie, Texas
Cousin of Larry Cantrell EOW 07/31/2005

December 2, 2005

Your passing is a tragedy that this Department and community will never fully heal from. I am honored to have stood and worked beside you brother. Just the day before you spoke of your love for the job and love of the Fort Worth P.D. The Fort Worth P.D. loves you back brother. Someday you will greet us again with your smile and your friendship. Until then rest easy brother.

Off. T. Eddleman #3103
Fort Worth P.D.

December 2, 2005

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Henry Nava Jr as well as to the Fort Worth Police Department. Rest in peace Officer Nava, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

December 2, 2005

Rest in peace

PC Phil King
Metropolitan Police London

December 2, 2005

May God bless you, and your family. I will keep your wife and your children in my prayers. You will always be remembered, rest in peace.

K. Hartman
Watauga DPS

December 2, 2005

I did not know Officer Nava well enough to call him "Hank" - and I regret that. Nevertheless, his death, like those of other officers and soldiers, opens our hearts to those he left behind and frustrates us in our inability to give or find comfort. There are no words. It's left to each of us to find a path through the grief of losing our finest; through the anger at the senseless act that took him, and the hollow places that remain. To the Nava family - I wish you peace, and solace, and I pray your pain will ease.

Battalion Chief Fernando Gonzalez
Fort Worth Fire Department

December 2, 2005

Officer Nava God Bless you. My heart goes out to your family, extended Ft Worth PD family and every other agency that is saddened and angered by your being taken. To Mrs. Nava what a class act you are ma'am for your apperance at the press confrence last night your strength showed I did not know your husband I can imagine how proud he must have been of you. God Bless you.

Grand Prairie Police Dept,Tx

December 2, 2005

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