(Cleveland) -- A Cleveland-area man was part of President John F. Kennedy's security detail when he was assassinated fifty years ago. Paul Landis was steps away from the Presidential limo when JFK was gunned down by an assassin's bullet.
Landis tells WTAM 1100,"I was looking right at the President when he got hit with the third shot, I saw his head explode, the whole thing." Landis went on to say, "We had no idea really what was going on at the time other than we were being attacked basically we didn't know if there were going to be other shots, somebody else."
For more than 30 years Landis has lived in a Cleveland suburb. He started as a Secret Service Agent for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He left the Secret Service Agency six months after the President was killed. He's spoken very little of that day up until three years ago when a the Secret Service Agents got together for a documentary.
Landis says it was then they began to open up about their feelings that day. He says, "everybody else felt the same way I did, we felt guilty we let the country down, we failed at our job, everybody felt exactly the same way it was almost like word for word when everybody talked." Then, his voice quivering he says, "that just lifted a great burden for me."