Jerry Parr, Secret Service agent who helped save Reagan, dies

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WASHINGTON — The Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan’s life on the day he was shot outside a Washington hotel has died.

The retired agent, Jerry Parr of Washington, District of Columbia, died Friday. He was 85.

Parr was in charge of Reagan’s detail on March 30, 1981, when a young man with mental problems, John Hinckley Jr., shot the president as he left the Washington Hilton.

Reagan didn’t appear to be wounded, but Parr ordered the presidential limousine to George Washington Hospital when blood appeared on Reagan’s lips. As it turned out, the president had been hit and was bleeding internally. Doctors later said that any delay would have been fatal.

In a statement Friday, former first lady Nancy Reagan called Parr “one of my true heroes.”

 

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