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Hank's Car Is Home !!!!!
Fort Worth Police Department

FORT WORTH, TX -  On December 1, 2005, Officer Henry “Hank” Nava #3084 died from a gunshot wound he suffered two days earlier while serving an arrest warrant. 

 While our Department was grieving, the amazing citizens of Fort Worth honored Hank with an incredible outpouring of support.  They lined the entire route of the longest funeral procession of police vehicles seen in some time.  Hank’s patrol captain, Bill Read, ordered that Hank’s patrol car be parked at the corner of Ellis and 25th Street to offer citizens an opportunity to say goodbye.  Dozens of stuffed animals, notes, and other items of remembrance were left on and around the car.  That is when someone took a Sharpie and wrote a message of thanks and sympathy directly on the police car.  Then someone else wrote another message, then another, and another, etc, etc, etc.  What emerged was an astounding tribute to Hank’s life, service, and sacrifice. 

 In order to preserve the car as a tribute, in 2007 the decision was made to place the vehicle on loan to the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Florida since our Department did not have a suitable location to put it on display.

 We are excited to announce to you that Hank’s Car is HOME!

Fort Worth Officers have traveled to Florida to retrieve the car.  We will place it in the lobby of the Police and Fire Administration building at the Bob Bolen complex on Felix Street.  In that location, it will serve not only to honor the legacy of Hank and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to Fort Worth, but also as a powerful reminder about just how much the citizens of this great City love their First Responders.

 On Friday, August 30th 2019, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. the patrol unit will be displayed at 2500 N. Houston St., Hank’s old sector. Afterwards there will be a ceremonial escort of the vehicle for its official unveiling to 505 W. Felix St, the Bob Bolen complex, between 9:00-10:00 a.m.