The Corner

Thirty-Five Years Ago Today, This Man Saved Ronald Reagan’s Life

Today is the 35th anniversary of John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, the last time an assassin came so close to success. Last year, I wrote on the Corner about meeting Jerry Parr, the head of Reagan’s Secret Service security detail, and the man largely credited with saving Reagan’s life on that day. This is a good day to remember his heroism, and that of all the agents guarding Reagan in those terrifying moments. Parr passed away in October last year, and Nancy Reagan’s passing is still fresh in the minds of many. With both of them no longer with us, the attack on Reagan becomes more than ever a page from history. 

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