“It’s a privilege, it’s an honor quite frankly, to spend some time with Clint Hill.”
For Joel Heitkamp, K-FYR 550, KFGO The Mighty 790, and KCJB 910 radio personality, being able to interview Clint Hill, former U.S. Secret Service Agent, was a chance he’ll always remember.Hill is credited with saving First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s life Nov. 22, 1963, when Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Hill jumped onto the back of the car to protect the Kennedys.
“My intent, when I saw the president had been hit, was to get up on the back of the car and form a shield with my body, to prevent any more damage being done. Unfortunately before I could get there, they had hit him in the head with a third shot.” Hill said he assumed more shots would be coming, so he got into the car to position himself so that nobody could see the Kennedys, essentially using his body to cover them.
“It’s always on my mind. It’s still something I think about every day. There’s always something to remind me of that day and that incident,” Hill said. Watch the video.
Clint Hill was inducted into the Norsk Hostfest Scandinavian American Hall of Fame Sept. 26. His book, Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir, was available at the Norsk Hostfest. He and co-author, Lisa McCubbin, did daily book signings and question-and-answer sessions. Hill also gave two presentations on his experiences, Sept. 25 and Sept. 28.
Heitkamp’s Sept. 27 show was broadcast from the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives radio booth at the Norsk Hostfest. Various radio personalities broadcasted live from the booth throughout Hostfest week, Sept. 26-29. Area Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have sponsored the Norsk Hostfest for 14 years.