Obituary : Pastor Jerry Parr, Secret Service Agent Who Saved Reagan, Dead at 85

By | October 10, 2015
President Reagan just before he is shot outside the Washington Hilton on March 30, 1981. Secret service agent Jerry Parr, in raincoat, pushed Reagan into the limousine as shots rang out. (AP)
Jerry Parr, the Secret Service agent in charge of Ronald Reagan’s detail who was credited with saving the president’s life during the 1981 assassination attempt, has died in Washington at the age of 85.
His wife, Carolyn Parr, said the cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Reagan was 70 days into his first term when he was shot by John W. Hinckley Jr. while leaving the Washington Hilton Hotel after a speech. At the sound of gunfire, Parr shoved him into the back of the presidential limousine and shouted “take off!” to the driver. As the limo raced on Parr’s orders to the White House, the agent inspected Reagan and found no visible wounds. Moments later, the president began complaining of chest pain and the agent noticed blood on Reagan’s lips.

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