Dallas, Texas (JFK+50) Arguably one of the most famous police chiefs in American history, Jesse Curry of the Dallas Police Department died 34 years ago today, June 22, 1980.
Curry, who was 66 years old at the time of his death, was born in Hamilton, Texas and lived in Dallas since he was just a few months old.
Jesse Curry, who was a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 1951, was police chief in Dallas from 1960 to 1966.
He became famous when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during his watch in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Television coverage of the events at Dallas Police Headquarters, including the killing of the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, brought the image and voice of Jesse Curry into homes around the nation and around the world.
In an article written by Andrea Gallo and published last year by Dallas News, Jesse Curry's daughter, Cathey Mandrell-Tresp, still possesses the remnants of two of Jacqueline Kennedy's red roses which were clipped from the bunch left in JFK's car at Parkland Hospital by her father.
Ms. Mandrell-Tresp, who was 9 years old at the time, said that she admired the First Lady and keeps the roses pressed between the pages of a book. Cathey plans to pass the roses down to her daughter.
Chief Curry was haunted by the events of November 22, 1963. His daughter said that he often woke up in the middle of the night reliving the events of those "Four Dark Days."
At the time of the assassination, Curry was riding in the lead car of the motorcade with secret service agents and Dallas County Sheriff Bill Decker.
Immediately after the shots were fired, Chief Curry ordered officers to search the area which came to be known as the Grassy Knoll.
At the time Lee Harvey Oswald was shot in the basement of Dallas Police HQ on November 24, 1963, Chief Curry was in his office taking a telephone call from Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell.
"For 50 years, ex-Dallas police chief's daughter has kept a pair of Jacqueline Kennedy's roses,"by Andrea Gallo, August 25, 2013, www.dallasnews.com/
JFK ASSASSINATION NOTE:
In 1969, Jesse Curry told Dallas Morning News...
"We don't have any proof that Oswald fired the rifle and never did. Nobody's yet been able to put him in that building with a gun in his hands."