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Secret service agent Jerry Parr who saved Ronald Reagan dies at 85

President Ronald Reagan in 1985 bids farewell to Jerry Parr, the secret service agent that he credited with saving his life in 1981. Photograph: Barry Thumma/AP

The secret service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan’s life
on the day he was shot outside a Washington hotel has died. Jerry Parr died on
Friday in the capital, at the age of 85.

Parr was in charge of Reagan’s detail on 30 March 1981 when John Hinckley Jr
shot the president outside the Washington Hilton. When the shots rang out, Parr
pushed Reagan inside the presidential limousine and it sped away for the White

After Reagan complained of chest pains and showed blood on his lips, Parr
redirected the limousine to George Washington hospital. It turned out Reagan had
been hit in the chest and was bleeding internally. Doctors later said that any
delay would have cost the president his life.

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

Parr was born on 16 September 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama. An air force
veteran, he joined the secret service in 1962. He retired in 1985 and became an
ordained minister.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and three daughters.
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