Fishers, Ind. — On Friday a visitation was held for fallen Elwood officer Noah Shahnavaz. The 24-year-old Army veteran and Fishers native had been killed final Sunday within the line of obligation.
For 5 hours, folks from throughout the nation got here to ITOWN Church in Fishers to pay their respects, together with regulation enforcement officers from so far as New York and Texas, and Shahnavaz’s comrades in arms.
The group of troopers who served collectively within the 591st Military Police Company mentioned they typically keep up a correspondence. It was the primary time shortly they had been introduced again collectively, and it was below circumstances they might have by no means imagined.
“Anyone will inform you that he was price it. I got here from Texas, however I’d have come from Mars if that is what it took,” mentioned Gary Harris, who served with Shahnavaz.
Shahnavaz’s brothers and sisters in arms, who’re a few of his closest pals, traveled in from locations like New York, Texas, and Hawaii, and mentioned that does not even signify a tiny portion of the folks he is impacted which might be nonetheless serving all over the world or these unable to travel to Indiana.
Julio Hernandez mentioned he would give something to be there for one in all his closest pals, who he additionally considers part of his family. He shared his favourite recollections with FOX59 over video chat from abroad, the place he is presently on deployment.
“Just hours speaking to him, hours being with him, and the recollections now it is arduous to fathom, to suppose that he is gone,” mentioned Hernandez. “Now I’ve to undergo the steps in realizing that is actual and the grieving course of.”
Shahnavaz’s fellow troopers mentioned the fallen hero dreamed of being an officer. It was a dream he fulfilled till he took his remaining breath.
“This wasn’t only a job for him, this was enjoyable. He loved going to work,” mentioned Nicholas Tracy, who additionally served with Shahnavaz. “I by no means heard him complain about having to work. It was simply so vital for him and only a massive a part of his life. I imply he in all probability talked about it completely every single day.”
“It’s affected lots of people and I believe particularly it has to do along with his ambitions and his age; how younger he was. He had simply gotten out of the navy. I believe it is a hurtful story,” mentioned Tracy.
Shahnavaz served on the Elwood Police Department for 11 months, however his profession in regulation enforcement started properly earlier than that as he served as a navy police officer.
Tracy shared that the 2 would typically again one another on site visitors stops and different calls throughout their time as navy law enforcement officials. It’s these recollections of “Shanny” that he and his brothers will treasure ceaselessly.
“In the navy, they all the time say look to your left or your proper to see somebody who’s doing the best factor, if you do not know what to do,” mentioned Harris. “He was persistently the man that I all the time look to, to you realize, information myself in my navy profession.”
Mark Thompson mentioned Shahnavaz was one of many driving forces behind him striving to grow to be a sergeant.
“He would all the time say that he was going to do it first, he can be the primary one. He pushed me arduous,” mentioned Thompson.
The group shared laughs and tears, remembering the recollections of their brother, who had the power to mild up any room he walked into. They additionally hope folks know who he was, even past the uniform he wore.
“It’s far more than simply about his job. He was a caring particular person, he cared about us, he would verify in on us, he would simply spend a variety of high quality time with us,” mentioned Tracy. “He simply cared very deeply and he is greater than — he was greater than only a cop. He was a brother, a buddy, and a member of the family.”
“If we texted him or we had been in hassle, he would all the time be there,” mentioned Thompson.
“He was all the time dependable. He was all the time there whenever you wanted him. He was so loving,” mentioned Hernandez. “I really like being with my household and having him being included in my household was simply all the time enjoyable.”
Hernandez mentioned Shahnavaz was unbelievable to his son, who was very younger the primary time he met him. When he came visiting, Hernandez and his spouse shared that Shahnavaz would watch Disney films with their son, go to the park, or assist with no matter was wanted.
“My son adored him. He could not say Shahnavaz and Shanny was foolish to him. I requested him what his identify was, and he instructed him, ‘it is Noah.’ The solely particular person I can recall that will name him Noah, not less than in my home, was my son,” recalled Hernandez.
His pals remembered Shahnavaz as an avid gamer, who had the power to deliver communities of strangers collectively, a form, caring and loving particular person, with a coronary heart of gold. They additionally mentioned, the most effective factor about him, was unquestionably, his contagious chuckle, or cackle, as others described it.
“I will not find a way to hear that in particular person once more and it sucks,” mentioned Hernandez, who plans to go to his fallen brother in Indiana when he returns house.
“The method he leap up and down at any time when he bought enthusiastic about one thing, positively his chuckle and his smile,” mentioned Thompson as he described his favourite “Shanny” traits.
There does not appear to be anybody who disagrees.
“You acknowledge it from a mile away. I imply, it was simply one of many funniest laughs as a result of it is a kind of laughs that simply makes you wanna chuckle even when you do not perceive what’s being laughed at,” mentioned Harris. “You simply immediately know it is bought to be hilarious. It’s immediately contagious.”
His brothers in arms thanked everybody who has come out to present assist to Shahnavaz and his household, and mentioned they hope to see a packed procession route tomorrow to pay respect to the person who laid down his life for his neighborhood.
“To his household, I simply give them probably the most condolences,” mentioned Hernandez. “As a lot as we imagine he was our household in some respect; they had been that precise household and I do know they’re hurting greater than something.”
Funeral service and procession info
The funeral for fallen Elwood officer Noah Shahnavaz can be held Saturday at ITOWN Church in Fishers. The funeral will begin at 11 am, however you will note law enforcement officials begin arriving at 8:30 am Officers from throughout the state and nation are anticipated to attend the funeral.
Indiana State Police introduced the procession route that can carry Shahnavaz from ITOWN Church to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
You can study extra concerning the route and vital info by visiting this hyperlink.
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