Man who took bullet for Reagan named Illinois’ first Police Chief of the Year

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Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy

OLRAND PARK, Ill. — The man who took a bullet protecting President Ronald Reagan has been named Illinois’ first Police Chief of the Year.

Tim McCarthy has been police chief of Orland Park since 1994. McCarthy is credited with setting up the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force and equipping all police cars with cameras more than 16 years ago.

He’s also been involved with activities to benefit Special Olympics.

McCarthy was working for the Secret Service in 1981 when he was shot during an assassination attempt on President Reagan in Washington.