“Jerry Parr is the Secret Service agent who personifies that trust. In March 1981, he showed the “grace under pressure” that Ernest Hemingway called the definition of courage. Parr was the top Secret Service agent who made the real-time decision to get President Ronald Reagan to the hospital within that narrow window of time that separated life from death. Through muscle memory he followed the Secret Service manual to “cover and evacuate.” Then he did something not in the book. He got a mortally wounded President to the emergency room in less than three minutes, thereby saving his life and changing history.
“Only after he’d saved him did he tell Reagan his secret. It was the President himself, in his early Hollywood career, who had played the dashing Secret Service agent who inspired young Jerry Parr to join up, so he could be there on the sidewalk next to him when the bullets flew.”
– Chris Matthews, Host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC
“More than 30 years ago, John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan, barely three months in office. Only recently have we learned how close the president came to dying. Instead, he completed two historic terms and lived another 23 years. For saving the president’s life, many thank the quick thinking of Parr, lead agent of the president’s Secret Service detail, who diverted the presidential limo directly to the hospital. But the deeply religious Parr recalls the abiding childhood impression made on him by Code of the Secret Service (1939), starring Ronald Reagan, and he credits a higher power… He examines the toll high-tension protection work takes on agents and their families, details the exhausting travel, explains the complex advance work that precedes any presidential trip, and offers numerous behind-the-scenes anecdotes about our political leaders. A worthy life sincerely and modestly recalled.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“On the day Ronald Reagan was shot, March 30, 1981, Secret Service agent Jerry Parr made a split-second decision that literally saved the President’s life, and that gripping story is told here in vivid detail. But the gift to the reader of “In the Secret Service” is much greater; it is an uplifting and exemplary American story of a man and wife dedicated to serving God by serving others.”
– Richard V. Allen, former National Security Advisor to President Reagan and Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
“Jerry Parr is an American Hero. He was a United States Secret Service agent during some of the most turbulent times in United States history. He rose through the ranks of the organization not because of who he knew. It was because of how well he performed. He is known for his prompt, intelligent, decisive actions on March 30, 1981, when President Reagan was shot as he left the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. His action that day saved the life of the President. He is highly respected by Secret Service personnel, active and retired. He continues to serve the people of this great country as a spiritual guide to the sick and bereaved. I was privileged to work with him throughout my own Secret Service career. This book, written by Jerry and his wife, Carolyn, will give you an insight into the life of a Secret Service Agent. It is not a life of glamor or recognition. It is a life of dedication and determination, loyalty and perseverance. He has set an example for future agents to follow.”
– Clint Hill, former Assistant Director, United States Secret Service
Author, Five Days In November
“Jerry Parr saved President Reagan’s life following the assassination attempt. Initially, nobody realized that the president sustained a gunshot wound. Jerry decided to take the president to the safety of the White House. However, during the ride to the White House, Jerry noticed some blood on the president’s lips. He changed course and directed the limousine to George Washington University Hospital. The president had a serious injury that caused blood loss significant enough that he initially collapsed with no obtainable blood pressure. Immediate treatment was essential. Stopping at the White House would have delayed treatment, perhaps causing a fatal outcome. This story and others are part of an excellent read in the book IN THE SECRET SERVICE by Jerry Parr with Carolyn Parr. I strongly recommend it.”
– Joseph Giordano MD, Professor of Surgery, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates
“Jerry put himself in harm’s way to protect Ronnie, and I am forever grateful.”
– Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States of America
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