DALLAS–When a president gets shot, almost everything else gets overshadowed. That’s been the case in Dallas for more than 50 years.
But another life was lost that awful day.
Officer J.D. Tippit was on patrol in Oak Cliff and found himself face to face with Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was on the run from cops at Dealey Plaza.
Now, a historical marker stands at the scene where Officer Tippit was shot and killed. On what would have been Tippit’s 90th birthday, his widow was at the Sixth Floor Museum. “I think it’s wonderful that they’re doing this.”
Thanks to witnesses, police caught Oswald nearby at the Texas Theater.
“If Oswald hadn’t killed him, he probably would have got away,” Marie Tippit said. She has had to deal with her loss in the shadow of history.
“Well, I had three children to raise,” she said. “And they needed to grow up to be normal kids.”
But Officer Tippit’s sacrifice will be remembered forever.
“His life meant something,” Marie said.