J.D. TIPPIT (1924-1963) In Dallas, Texas there is a city memorial honoring the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who have given their lives in the line of duty. They are Dallas heroes - men and women whose strength of character endured the ultimate test. They leave family and friends who will forever wonder what might have been.
Officer JD Tippit was laid to rest on Monday, November 25, 1963, the same day that President Kennedy was laid to rest. Over 1500 mourners attended the funeral. JD Tippit was later given a posthumous Meritorious Citation and Medal for Valor from the Dallas Police Department.
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J.D. TIPPIT / 1952-1963 Biography BIOGRAPHY: 1952-1963 The Rookie Cop In June 1952, J.D. Tippit quit the farm and moved his family back to Dallas. A month later, he was hired by the City of Dallas as an apprentice policeman at $250 dollars a month.  The farm boy from Red River County had found his calling.
J. D. Tippit was one of the few officers in the Dallas Police Force not to be called to Dealey Plaza to help investigate the assassination. Instead, at 12.45 p.m. he was sent to the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. At 1.16 p.m. Tippit approached a man, later identified as Lee Harvey Oswald, walking along East 10th Street.
On the morning of November 22, 1963, Marie Tippit rose early as usual and made breakfast for J.D. By 6:15 a.m., he was out the door and off to work. She herself had a busy schedule ahead that day. To bring in extra money, she had been baby sitting neighborhood children at her home.