SAIC Jery Parr with President Reagan

SAIC Jery Parr with President Reagan
SAIC Jery Parr with President Reagan

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Jerry Parr

Jerry S. Parr (born September 16, 1930, in Montgomery, Alabama) is a retired Secret Service Agent, who is best known for being one of the agents protecting President Reagan on the day of his assassination attempt on March 30, 1981.[1][2]

Contents [hide]
1 Education
2 Career with the Secret Service
3 Assassination attempt
4 Community service
5 Awards and honors
6 Professional organizations
7 Filmography
8 References
9 External links

[edit] EducationParr received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 1962. In 1987, he received his M.S. in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Maryland. Parr is also an ordained minister. In 1987, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Eureka College.

[edit] Career with the Secret ServiceParr's interest in joining the Secret Service originated as a boy after watching Code of the Secret Service (1939) starring Ronald Reagan as agent "Brass" Bancroft.[3]:18 After joining the service, from 1962 to 1968, Parr conducted 15 foreign and 65 domestic protective surveys for various Presidents and Vice Presidents, and worked with security, intelligence and law enforcement professionals in all 50 states and 37 countries.[2] From 1969 to 1978, he worked for the Foreign Dignitary Division as a mid-level supervisor on Humphrey, Agnew and Ford details. As Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Foreign Dignitary Division, he directed security for 56 foreign heads of state.[1] From 1978-1979, he was Special Agent in Charge of the Vice Presidential Protective Division, where he directed security for Vice President Mondale. In 1979, Parr moved to the Presidential Protective Division, where he was Special Agent in Charge and Head of White House Detail. There, he directed security for Presidents Carter and Reagan. In 1982, he became Assistant Director of Protective Research, and in 1985, Parr retired from the Secret Service. Parr carried a 3"-barreled Smith & Wesson Model 19 chambered in .357 Magnum. This was confirmed in the book "Rawhide Down" and is seen in the hands of Agent Danny Spriggs and other agents in archival footage of the attempt. This was one of the standard-issue sidearms of the U.S.S.S. in 1981, the other being the Smith & Wesson Model 66-2.

[edit] Assassination attempt
US President Ronald Reagan waves just before he is shot outside a Washington hotel on March 30, 1981. From left are secret service agent Jerry Parr, in raincoat, who pushed Reagan into the limousine; press secretary James Brady, who was seriously wounded; Reagan; Michael Deaver, Reagan's aide; unidentified policeman; Washington policeman Thomas K. Delahanty, who was shot; and secret service agent Timothy J. McCarthy, who was shot in the stomach.Main article: Reagan assassination attempt
On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. opened fire on newly elected President Reagan as Reagan exited the Washington Hilton Hotel after giving a speech. Upon hearing gun shots, Parr pushed Reagan into the President's limousine, which started heading to the White House. Parr noticed that Reagan was bleeding and ordered the limousine to go to the hospital, probably saving President Reagan's life.

[edit] Community serviceParr came to believe that God had directed his life to save Reagan, and became a pastor after leaving the Secret Service.[3]:224 Currently, Parr is very active in his church in Washington, D.C., where he is a former co-pastor, retreat leader and spiritual director. He has served on the Board of Directors at Joseph's House, an organization for men with AIDS. Parr also co-founded Servant Leadership School.

[edit] Awards and honorsPresidential Rank Award, 1984, for Meritorious Executive from the U.S. Secret Service
US Congress commendations for actions on March 30, 1981, during the attempt on President Reagan's life
Valor Award, US Secret Service
Exceptional Service Award, US Treasury Department
Honor League, New York Police Department
Commendation by the Maryland State Senate
Named as one of four "Top Cops" by Parade Magazine, 1981
[edit] Professional organizationsParr is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and American Association of Pastoral Counsellors. Previously, he was the president of the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service.

[edit] FilmographyJerry Parr was a film advisor for the movies In the Line of Fire and Contact, and for the documentaries In the Line of Fire: Behind the Scenes with the Secret Service (1993), and Inside the US Secret Service (2004).

He has also been a commentator on:

Larry King Live[4]
Meet the Press
Discovery Channel
History Channel
Travel Channel
[edit] References1.^ a b "At The Edge Of Death". Newsweek. October 4, 1999. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
2.^ a b Sue Anne Pressley (March 30, 2006). "When History, Destiny Converged". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
3.^ a b Wilber, Del Quentin (2011). Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronad Reagan. Macmillan. ISBN 080509346X.
4.^ "Investigating the President: Should Secret Service Agents Have to Testify?". Larry King Live. CNN. July 14, 1998. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
T. R. Reid (April 3, 1981). "Agent Tells of the Blood-and-Guts Getaway". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
[edit] External linksJerry Parr at the Internet Movie Database