As we mark the 50th anniversary of that sad day in American history, there is a timely picture of Chief R. H. “Dagger” Dickerson (left), Austin Fire Marshal W. Heaton (second from right), and other fire prevention members with Texas Governor John Connally. This picture was taken in October, 1963 to promote fire safety month in Texas. Just one month prior to the shooting. Gov. Connally was riding in the seat ahead of President Kennedy and was severely wounded in the shoulder, wrist, and thigh by the lethal bullet.
There always seems to be a solemn innocence in pictures of people just prior to a tragic event.