Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

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

Dear J.D.:

As I do every year, I am writing to you this reflection. An honor to a man who's death inspired and motivated me to become a law enforcement officer. Because of your death, you gave birth to a future law enforcement officer, who like you, was tenacious every time that uniform was put on. This is a dark day in American history, enhanced further by your death. But it's also a bright day, the day, even as a young boy, I made up my mind to enter into law enforcement.

Your sacrifice cannot be allowed to become a footnote in the assassination of the president. Rather, it must magnify the dedication to duty, and fulfill our sacred and solemn oath; Protect and Serve.

Thank you for your service, J.D. And thank you to your family that had to go on living without you there at the Thanksgiving Day dinner, or with the family on Christmas morning. Thank you to them who should enormous pride that you, sir, are a hero.

God bless you and rest in peace. "Above all else, honor".

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

November 22, 2018

J.D. I was in history class when you and Kennedy were killed. You were very brave and your action was uncompromising. I went on to a 43 year in Georgia Law Enforcement. Retiring as Chief of Police your service will never be forgotten. God bless you for all you did

Retired Chief of Police Johnny McCurry
West Point Ga P.D.

October 30, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service to this country. You are a Hero and I sure you saved many lives that day.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 5, 2018

Thank you Officer Tippet, for being so observant that day. I was only 5 months old but I work in law enforcement now and I believe you may have saved many lives that day. I saw the awards you were honored with after your death and I can only imagine how proud your family was/is. RIP sir, knowing you did well.

Dispatcher Ellen Eggenberger
Redford Twp Police Dept, Mich

November 22, 2017

Dear J.D.:

I have written several times before, and I lovingly write yet again. I write many times, because YOU were the driving force behind an 11-year-old boy wanting to become a police officer. YOU, were the one who set in motion, a future police officer who became a tenacious, loving, determined and successful law enforcement officer.

I pray that you see this reflection and the others I have written and smile down on me. I pray that our Heavenly Father keeps you close to His heart. Our nation suffered horribly that fateful day, 54 years ago. We lost 2 heroes. President John F. Kennedy and you, my idol, Officer J.D. Tippet. That 11-year-old boy is me, and one who will ALWAYS remember your sacrifice that day.

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

Amen

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

November 22, 2017

You are a hero to all of us in police service. Please continue to rest in peace my brother. Thanking you again for your service and heroism on that faithful day, that changed the course of history.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

November 22, 2017

URRAH !!YOU WERE ON THE JOB THAT DAY!! YOUR BRAVERY ECHOS THROUGH THE YEARS AND SO DOES THE BRAVERY OF THE CITIZEN THAT CALLED YOUR MURDER IN AND DIRECTED POLICE TO OSWALD'S LOCATION .

Retired Correctional Officer Ted Carr
TDC, TDCJID, CDOC

September 30, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 25, 2016

Dear J.D.:

I write yet another reflection to you at this time of year. 53 years and 1 day ago, you gave your life to hunt for murderer of President Kennedy. As I have told you time and again over the years, by dying that day, you gave birth to another future police officer, one who only knew how to do the job like you..no nonsense, tenacious and dedicated to the people. That 12 year old kid back on 22 November 1963, was sadden at the death of our beloved President, but totally crushed by your death as well. That young boy, until that day, never believed that police officers can be murdered too. So he swore then and there, to become a law enforcement officer someday. And he did.

I hope that your family has peace, though I am certain that this time of year still must be difficult for them. I hope that your children always remember that their dad is an American hero. Thank you, all of you, for your sacrifice for the rest of us as well. I pray Almighty God has kept you close to His heart. My Dad’s cherished words to me upon graduation of the police academy many years ago, I give proudly to you: “Above all else, honor”. Amen

Oh, that 12 year old boy? That’s me.

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

November 23, 2016

Rest In Peace Officer Tippet. Thank you for your service on one of the darkest days in this nations history.

Police Officer Russell Orlando
Union City Police Department

November 23, 2016

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

November 23, 2016

You are quite the hero, Officer Tippit. I respect and honor you greatly. Oswald was a traitor to our Nation and a coward, I'm sorry that he got the drop on you. But, he was not alone in this job, his gun was not the only gun fired at our President. Research and facts prove this and I believe his Vice-President is paying for that in Hell, as we speak, as is Oswald.
I pray that the Lord has comforted your family all these years and kept them healthy and safe. I know they've missed you greatly. You are a hero, Officer Tippit. America's Hero and may God bless you and watch over you in his Kingdom, forever.

Chief Geoff Jacobs (former)
Porterdale (GA) Police Dept.

November 22, 2016

Today is the 53rd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy and your murders. God speed.

Billy Benedict

November 22, 2016

I would suspect Officer Tippit stood vigil at the gates of Heaven as an ambassador of the Thin Blue Line to welcome his brothers of the Dallas Police Department and Transit Police, citing "Blesssed are the Peacemakers". Eternal rest be granted unto all these fine brave men who distinguished themselves with professionalism, integrity, honor and courage. Law abiding citizens mourn your loss and will never forget the ultimate sacrifice each of you made to protect and serve the Dallas community, The Great State of Texas and our Nation. May God craddle all your families, friends, brother and sisters in the law enforcement community in whose hearts you will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless the fallen...

Respectfully,

Thomas Huber (TSgt, USAF - retired)
USAF Security Police (law enforcement/corrections)

July 10, 2016

Officer Tippit is truly one of our nation's great heroes. He risked his life in service to our country, to fight oppression. Then he dedicated his life to protecting his fellow citizens. It is to our great sorrow that he had to give his life to help bring President Kennedy's assassin to justice. Your city and this nation were greatly enriched by his life. I know his wife and children, as well as all of his siblings and other family members must be so proud. Thank you Officer Tippit...

D Ryan,
April 17, 2016

Dan Ryan
Citizen

April 17, 2016

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

April 17, 2016

Sometimes, we don't know who a hero might be until he distinguishes himself by valor in a moment of crisis. Officer J.D. Tippit was the kind of hero that helped right the wrongs of this world and made Dallas a safer place to live. His intelligence and instinct during the last moments of his life helped to find a presidential assassin before he could get away. Officer Tippit took very little from life and in return gave all that he had. Dallas is grateful.

Civilian

March 10, 2016

Well done officer, Rest in Peace.

Trooper R.A. Caridi / Ret. 31yrs service
New York State Police

November 22, 2015

You are NOT forgotten Officer Tippit!

Sgt. Michael Crosby
Massachusetts State Police

November 22, 2015

We remember the events that took place on this day in history. Officer Tippet may you rest in peace. Thank you for you answering the call on this day 52 years ago..

Chris
safety officer

November 22, 2015

RIP Officer Tippit
Jim Stout
Tucson, Arizona

Jimmy Stout Agent/Chaplain
US DHS CBP OBP

November 22, 2015

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