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Detective handcuffed to Oswald gets commendation

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The police detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot was honored by the Dallas Police Department.

Through the years Jim Leavelle has been willing to tell the story of the murder captured live on TV.

"When you stop to think about it, it doesn't seem possible," he said. "Course I had him real close to me and I tried to jerk back on him and put him behind me, but I was too close."

Tanya Evers said she is as amazed as others at her father's energy. She was a teenager when Jack Ruby shot Oswald.

"Maybe if I had seen it live I might have been frightened, but I didn't see it until the replay. And by that time I knew he was okay. And to me that was just another part of his job," she said.

"Jim is always out there telling, 'This is what we did and this is why we did it. This is how things were done back then.' And when people have tried to pay him for his time and effort, he always turned them down," said Gary Mack with the Sixth Floor Museum.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown called Leavelle a great ambassador for the department and declared an award will be given each year in his name – The James Leavelle Detective of the Year Award.

"To say that I'm surprised is putting it mildly," the retired officer said.

In accepting, Leavelle said he thought others deserved it more, including Officer J.D. Tippit, who was shot and killed by Oswald. He said he was moved by how many had come to honor him.

"I thank each and every one of you, and God bless ya," he said.

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