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Wife of former Cleveland Police officer is speaking out in defense of her husband

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The wife of a former Cleveland Police officer is speaking out in defense of her husband.  

Earlier this month Chad Nave was one of three officers fired due to misconduct. His wife, Amy sent a letter to Channel 3 telling us about the man that most people don't know.

I am Amy, wife of Chad Nave, and I have been silent long enough.

My husband was recently terminated from the Cleveland Police Department for having an affair with a female intern.

It is easy to quickly judge and form an opinion of him as a dirty cop and a horrible person. As I look at the multiple plaques on the wall of our home, I am reminded that he is quite the opposite.

He graduated the Police Academy in 2008 with the highest grade point average in his class and received an Academic Excellence award. During his 7-year career as a law enforcement officer, he was awarded Officer of the Year, the Cleveland 100 Dedicated Professional Award and a Life Saving Award.

On numerous occasions he has paid for merchandise or services for others out of his own pocket while on duty. A lady lost her wallet and needed to buy diapers for her child. He bought them. A woman was caught shoplifting clothing for her child during the winter months. He paid for them. He has bought food and gas for those in need.

He didn’t want recognition for any of his acts of kindness. He never spoke of it. He has a sincere desire to help those in need. That is why he chose to join the military, become an EMT, then an officer.

If you keep up with the Cleveland Police Department’s Facebook page, you would have seen him there on multiple occasions interacting with the community in a positive manner. That’s what he loved to do most. He enjoyed getting out of his patrol car in the rougher areas of town to talk and play with children, hoping to make a difference in the path they chose for their lives.

He maintained a clean disciplinary record until two months ago. He was not a cop with an evil heart, but one that is human and made bad decisions over the course of a few months. He allowed the enemy to tempt him, deceive him and pull him into a relationship with another woman. He was blind to the far-reaching consequences those actions would cause.

You see, that’s how Satan works. He comes to steal, kill and destroy.

A few days after I learned of my husband’s infidelity, I was reminded of the story about Jesus and the woman caught in adultery, John 8:1-11. She was going to be stoned to death for her sins when the Pharisees asked Jesus what He thought. Jesus said, “Let anyone who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Her accusers began to leave, one by one. Jesus extended grace to her and forgave her of her sins. As a Christian, I am called to be like Him. I was reminded that we are to forgive each other as Christ forgave us, Colossians 3:13, and that above all we are to love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins, 1 Peter 4:8.

In the book of Matthew, we are told to forgive when man sins against us or our Father would not forgive our sins. Chad’s sin is no worse than the sins we have committed. In God’s eyes, sin is sin.

I had a choice to allow this to destroy our family and cause me to become bitter or I could choose to do what Jesus did for me 14 years ago.

I chose to love and forgive not only him, but her. I chose to extend grace where it wasn’t deserved. I chose to allow God to make what was ugly in our relationship beautiful again.

I have always said our marriage was my fairy tale. God sent Chad to me at a time in my life where I felt unworthy of a husband. I had a child out of wedlock and I was convinced no one wanted to marry a woman with a child that wasn’t his. Along came Chad and he quickly took my daughter as his own.

After all that has transpired, I can still say this is my fairy tale. Every fairy tale has an evil villain. This one was Satan and he has been defeated once again.

I know the ending to our story; love wins. My husband has been set free from bondage. He was once blind, but can now see. He was lost, but is now found.

I hope you can find it in your hearts to do as Jesus did. I hope you choose to love and forgive.

— Amy Nave


“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalms 37:24

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