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Officer J. D. Tippit

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, November 22, 1963

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Reflections for Officer J. D. Tippit

Officer Tippet: Thanks for your sacrifice to the citizens of Dallas, and for your service to the great state of Texas. On that faithful day I was in elementary school and the principal picked me to take a note to all of the other classes, to inform them about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. I don't know why I was picked to take the note around, but I was part of the safety patrol and it was an honor to do so. However, it was a sad day. There was a lot of tears that day. I thank you as well for your service in the 17th Airborne. I too was a former paratrooper (509th, Vicenza, Italy). You were no doubt a cut above as the airborne was in WWII and in the present day. Thank you. The 17th Airborne was involved in the last large scale parachute jump/glider operation of the war (Wesel River/Germany). Casualties were very high. Thanks again for your service and sacrifice as a policemen and elite trooper. You honor this great nation.

James Lopey, Assistant Sheriff (Ret)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nevada)
Nevada DPS

November 22, 2021

Lord Jesus, You came to Earth to show us what true love looks like. You taught that love was about sacrifice, virtue, and service. You us taught us that love means to lay down Your life for one another. For fallen law enforcement officers everywhere, we thank You for their selfless example of courage and valor. We ask that You bless and keep the families and friends of these fallen officers. Lord Jesus, wipe every tear from their eyes. Help them to heal and to move forward in a way that honors the memory of Police Officer J.D. Tippit, of the Dallas TX Police Department, who was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after Oswald had assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on Friday, November 22, 1963 . In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called children of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, RPP, CCC, NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

November 22, 2021

Dear J.D.:

My time honored tradition for you continues. As tomorrow approaches, marking 58 years since your sacrifice, once again, like every year, I want to thank you for setting the bar so high for the rest of us to follow. But in a strange way, I'm happy you are not here to see how many people, including politicians, have attempted to smear our sacred profession. But I won't give them a forum for the rhetoric on this honorable site by mentioning any of them, any further.

The day will come, sir, when Americans, all Americans will realize that without heroes like J.D. Tippit, there would be NO peace, no American life that we enjoy. Rest in peace my brother, we have the watch...and we always will. "Above all else, honor".

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary, Fl. Police

November 21, 2021

Officer Tippit, you died 16 years before I was born. I still recognize the sacrifice you made for your family, your community, and your country. My prayers to your family and the Dallas Police Department.

Patrick Capps
Civilian

August 15, 2021

Officer Tippit

I think of you often, especially every November 22. You are a heroic man. Thank you so much for your service in the Army during WWII, and your 11 years of service with the Dallas police department. I look forward to the day when I too will be in heaven so I can meet you personally. I'm glad you and your wife Marie are finally together again, along with your son Charles.

Dan Ryan
Private Investigator (Ret.)

May 10, 2021

Dear J.D. -
I haven’t written for a while, but I continue to think of you and your family, particularly on November 22nd of each passing year. I am so happy that you and your dear wife Marie are together again, along with one of your boys. What a joyous reunion yesterday for you and Marie after 57 years!! Through the reflection of someone else on 11/22/20, I have just learned that you were in the 17th Airborne Division during WWII, as was my father, Phillip L. Wright, Jr. I fervently hope you knew each other — two dedicated patriots of The Greatest Generation. Again, thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice you made on November 22, 1963. You will never be forgotten. I look forward to meeting you; hope you, Daddy, & Billy Walls will meet me at the Gate when my time comes.
With love and gratitude.

Susan Wright Prater

March 3, 2021

Thank You and God Bless You. A True Hero Warrior.

Col. Chuck Loeser
Jefferson County P.D. Kentucky

November 22, 2020

Dear J.D.:

For many years now, I have written a reflection to you and honor your sacrifice and dedication. As I have written before, 22 November 1963 had a profound effect on me, an 11 year old boy. I was shaken like so many others at the assassination of the President, but then compounded upon hearing of your death.
But your death was not in vain, because you sacrifice and death gave life to my wanting to be a law enforcement officer. And, 17 years later I did. You have been my hero and motivator all these years, and now retired, I still hold you as my hero.
God bless. "We few, We so few. We band of brothers". Amen

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, (Retired)
Lake Mary Police, (Fl); Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

November 22, 2020

57 years ago I was in 6th grade and learned of the President’s shooting and later that you had been killed. Many years later, while reading through a list of paratroopers from the 17th Airborne Division, which participated in the Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge which included my father, I saw your name also.

Thank you for your service in the Army and Dallas PD

P.O. (Ret.) Thomas L Whitmore
Rochester NY PD

November 22, 2020

57 years ago today, President Kennedy died due to an assassins bullet. A short time later the same assassin murdered 11 year veteran of the Dallas Tx Police Dept, PO JD Tippit. PO Tippit left behind a wife and 3 children. He was also a war hero who served in the US Army during WWII and received a Bronze Star for heroism. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Fidelis Ad Mortem

Sergeant Pat Connolly
NYPD

November 22, 2020

On this day that you so heroically sacrificed your life for the safety of the people of Dallas and the people of this country we say thank you Officer Tippit. May God Bless you, your family and loved ones and the men and women of the Dallas Police Department always. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

November 22, 2020

My dad was 1 of JD Tippit's partners. I don't remember it because I was about 6 months old in 1963. Years later I learned what happened. I know exactly where you are laid to rest at Laurel Land Cemetery in Oak Cliff. I will never forget.

Debbie Beltz
My dad was 1 of JD Tippit's partners

June 20, 2020

As calls to Defund The Police echo across the land, I an 8 year old boy on the day you died 11/22/63, remember your heroic attempt to detain and question Lee Harvey Oswald. My Catholic parish St. Ephrem. In Bensalem, PA remembers your sacrifice every 11/22 when our book of remembrance opens to the page for that date. Rest In Peace officer.

KEVIN JAIBUR
fellow Catholic

June 17, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Tippit.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 7, 2020

Watching a show on TV today about the Kennedy assassination. As a young boy of 14 when this terrible act happened in 1963, the name of Police Officer Tippet always stuck in my mind, not sure why but it did. I would like to say thank you to Officer Tippet for his ultimate sacrifice in protecting us all. I would also like to wish all God's Blessing on him and all his family members. He is not forgotten!!

James Hill
Civilian

January 31, 2020

Thank you, Officer Tippet, for your service to our country as well as the citizens of Dallas.

AOCS Jim Mangum
U.S. Navy (Ret.)

November 27, 2019

Rarely mentioned in accounts of the Kennedy assasination, but remembered by many.

Detective Cloyd Steiger
Seattpe Police Department (ret.)

November 23, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Tippit! There are many fine officers carrying on with the task of preserving the peace and protecting the citizens of this fine nation. They never give up and are doing so 24/7.

Sergeant Ron Birge Retired
Louisville Police

November 22, 2019

Dear J.D.:

And my promise to you is kept for another year. I will not forget you or your service and sacrifice and the fact that your actions inspired me to become a law enforcement officer. May Almighty God keep your family, and may you look down on the rest of us knowing you are remembered.

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Sgt. Ron Tomassi, Lake Mary (Fl) Police,
Lake Mary (Fl) Police, Retired

November 22, 2019

We will never forget. Thank you sir, for your service and sacrifice. May you continue to rest in peace in eternal paradise.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

November 22, 2019

As a young boy I've always remembered officer tippit. He is the real hero that day!

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September 23, 2019

I was 8 years old when officer Tippit was ambushed. President Kennedy’s murder was the news that day and it was much later before I understood the sickening thing that happened in Oak Cliff that afternoon. I understand that officer Tippit had been on the Dallas force for eleven years and had been honored at least twice already for his bravery.
Near the Dallas Convention Center there is a patrol car, a near-perfect replica of JD’s own patrol car bearing his car# in his honor. I pass it several times a week on Griffen Street near I-30 and have yet to be numded by passing years. This still hurts my heart, a guy who grew up in Kittery, Maine, who was but a pipsqueak on the day officer Tippet fell. No honor could be high enough to suit this situation. JD was one of us, a husband and a dad, who was working nights and weekends on top of his police duties. I wish I could make my life count as much as he did.

Joey Paradis

February 16, 2019

Forever engrained into American history. Army WWII veteran, Dallas Police Officer... A real patriot. Peace and glory, Officer Tippit.

W.S. Baxter
U.S. Army veteran
Son of retired police officer

January 17, 2019

Fifty five years--who could believe it? I was 15 years old, home sick in Ben Lomond CA when the news flash came on the air. It was shocking. Everyone remembers where the were that day.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

November 22, 2018

We never forget a hero and you are never forgotten J.D. and family. You are all in our prayers. You J.D. are the kind of American who fought for justice over seas in war and on the streets of our country. RIP

A grateful citizen
from the Midwest

November 22, 2018

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