Road Named After Former MNPD Officer

Posted at 5:35 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 19:40:36-04

A portion of Old Hickory Boulevard was renamed in honor of deceased Metro Nashville Police Officer Andrew Nash.

The portion of Old Hickory Boulevard between Nolensville Pike and Edmondson Pike was named Andrew David Nash Memorial Highway.

More than 100 people attended Tuesday's naming ceremony.

State Representative Jason Powell and Senator Steve Dickerson sponsored legislation during the last session to name the road after Nash, a six-year police department veteran who also served two tours in Iraq as a United States Marine. 

The 30-year-old died unexpectedly of natural causes on April 14, 2014. 

Nash's father and former Metro Police Commander Bob Nash spoke at the ceremony.

“Make sure to let the ones you love know how you feel about them every day,” said Nash through tears. “We are comforted by the fact that our last few parting words were, I love you.”     

“Andy grew up with a real appreciation for public service, hearing first-hand accounts from his dad, now retired Commander Bob Nash, a dedicated career member of our police department,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “This is a fitting tribute for an exceptional young man who left us before even reaching the prime of his life.”

“From this day forward, people driving on this stretch of Old Hickory Boulevard will be reminded of Andrew Nash, his family, his service to our country and city, and the fact that he cared deeply for his fellow officers,” Chief Steve Anderson said.

Officer Nash was a lifelong South Nashvillian who attended Overton High School, Nashville State Community College and Lipscomb University.