Family of late officer gifts uniform to best friend’s newborn son

Owen and Nash Ward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The family of a Metro cop found dead inside his Nashville home last year surprised the officer’s best friend with a gift for his newborn son.

Officer Andrew Nash was discovered lifeless inside his home last April by his father, a retired police officer.

Andrew Nash
Andrew Nash was found dead inside his Nashville home last April.

On Sunday, Andrew’s best friend Owen Ward welcomed his first child, a son named Nash Murphy Ward.

“We had the name picked out even before we knew it was a boy, so we were just hoping [we would have a son],” Ward recalled. “He’s got big shoes to fill, but he won’t have a problem doing it.”

Shortly after Nash’s birth, Andrew’s sister gave the newborn a pillow made out of one of his uniform shirts.

“She gave it to us yesterday. I had no idea it was coming. It was pretty overwhelming,” Ward said. “I miss him every day.”

Ward said he plans to share the importance of his son’s name as he grows up.

“Andrew and I, we were inseparable for a while. I have no doubt Nash and I will be the same way,” he said.

Baby Nash is the first grandchild on each side of his family.

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