On March 30, 1981, Jerry Parr was the Secret Service agent standing next to Ronald Reagan when John Hinckley, Jr. stepped out of the crowd, intent on killing the president. IN THE SECRET SERVICE is an adrenaline-filled ride through the life of the agent who saved Ronald Reagan’s life.
Parr, who died October 9, 2015 at the age of 85, spent much of his life as a silent eyewitness to history, with a gun at his fingertips. What motivates a man who is ready at a moment’s notice to step into the path of a bullet?
In IN THE SECRET SERVICE, you’ll also follow Parr’s inner journey. That journey led him from his difficult childhood and blue-collar roots as an electric power lineman, to his entry into the Secret Service (where he was the oldest rookie in his class), and ultimately to the White House, where he became Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division. Parr’s unique life story continued into retirement, when he became a minister serving the homeless in Washington, DC, AIDS patients in hospice care, and orphans in war-torn El Salvador. It is the remarkable story of a remarkable man.
- Learn about Jerry Parr’s early life — including his unusual first encounter with Ronald Reagan.
- View a gallery of some of the powerful heads of state Parr has protected over his career.
- Read how the Kennedy assassination impacted Jerry Parr personally and changed the Secret Service.
- Learn the details of the Reagan assassination attempt, including the critical snap decision Parr had to make in a speeding limousine with the wounded president.
- Read about Jerry Parr’s ministries and his service to “the least of these.”
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