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Police honor man who led them to Lee Harvey Oswald

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Johnny Calvin Brewer stands in front of the Texas Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, in Dallas. Dallas Police Chief David Brown honored the man who led them to Lee Harvey Oswald's hiding place in the movie theater 48 years ago. Brewer was given a Citizen's Certificate of Merit. Police credit him with helping officers arrest Oswald after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

AP reports:

DALLAS — Dallas police honored a man on Tuesday whose "keen observation skills and strong sense of civic duty" led them to Lee Harvey Oswald, who had crept into the back of a darkened movie theater to hide on Nov. 22, 1963, shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Police Chief David Brown presented Johnny Calvin Brewer with the department's Citizen's Certificate of Merit and praised his selfless act and "exemplary conduct" 48 years ago during a ceremony at the Texas Theatre — the same place where Oswald was captured about 80 minutes after Kennedy was killed.

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People photograph an "x" on Elm street where John F. Kennedy was assassinated near the former Texas School Book Depository, now the Dallas County Administration Building on the 48th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The 48th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a Presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza, will be marked on November 22.