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03-30-11, 11:09 PM #1
"Rawhide Down": New book describes how Secret Service agent saved Ronald Reagan's lifeIn researching the book, Wilber interviewed 125 people and had access to newly released records. The sequence of events is riveting, detailing how Hinckley approached Reagan’s entourage as the president left the Washington Hilton at 2:27 p.m. on March 30, 1981.
Hinckley got within 15 feet of Reagan and fired six shots from a .22-caliber revolver in 1.7 seconds, Wilber says.
“The first shot hits [White House press secretary] James Brady. The second hits Tom Delahanty, a D.C. police officer. They fall to the ground. The way to Reagan is clear.
“Jerry Parr, a 50-year-old Secret Service agent, was already reacting in four-tenths of a second to get Reagan behind that armed door and into the door of that limousine. The third shot Hinckley shoots goes high . . . The fourth shot, Tim McCarthy, the Secret Service agent by the door, swivels and took it right in his chest. He falls to the ground as they flash behind him. The fifth shot hit the bulletproof window as they flash behind that.
“And the sixth shot cracked across the driveway, that bullet got smashed into a size of a dime and slipped through an inch and half gap between the door and the door frame and struck Reagan in the left chest.
“When you really analyze that moment and you really think about it, Jerry Parr saved Reagan’s life in these split-second decisions. Hinckley had an effective shooting range of 20 to 30 feet at stationary targets. He doesn’t get that chance because Parr reacted so quickly. Secondly, if Jerry Parr is a split second slower — just a split second — if you follow the trajectory of the bullet, it hits Ronald Reagan in the head.”
Parr’s decision to divert the president’s car from the White House to the hospital were also critical.
“In a minute and a half, Jerry Parr didn’t save the president’s life once — he saved it twice,” Wilber says.
Read more on Newsmax.com: 30 Years Ago: ‘Rawhide’ Reagan Spurned Death With Courage, Humor
03-30-11, 11:15 PM #2
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