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Ambulance driver who helped Jackie after JFK assassination dies

May 2, 2010


By JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News
jsimnacher@dallasnews.com

Aubrey Rike at PARKLAND Hospital

On Nov. 22, 1963, Aubrey Lee “Al” Rike had hoped to get a glimpse of President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade.

Instead, the 25-year-old Dallas ambulance driver became an eyewitness to the turmoil at Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he would befriend Jacqueline Kennedy, help her transfer her wedding band to her husband’s finger, and place the president’s body into a bronze casket.

Mr. Rike, 72, died Thursday of a heart attack at LifeCare Hospitals of Plano.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2010 4:35 am

    You have done it once more! Amazing article.

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