|Timothy J. McCarthy|
|Born||June 20, 1949|
|Occupation||Secret Service agent
Chief of police
Timothy J. McCarthy (born June 20, 1949) is the current police chief of Orland Park, Illinois, and a former member of the United States Secret Service. During the 1981 Reagan assassination attempt, he turned into the line of fire, shielding Ronald Reagan from one of John Hinckley, Jr.'s .22 caliber bullets.[dead link] Surgeons at George Washington University Hospital successfully removed the round from McCarthy's abdomen, and he fully recovered. McCarthy is one of only four Secret Service agents to have taken a bullet for the President. He received the NCAA Award of Valor in 1982 in recognition of his bravery.
McCarthy was raised in the Ashburn neighborhood of Chicago. He graduated from St. Denis Grammar School and Leo Catholic High School and then attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and joined the United States Secret Service shortly thereafter.
Law enforcement career
His career included eight years assigned to the Presidential Protective Division in Washington D.C. and fourteen years as a criminal investigator in Chicago. McCarthy was the Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service Chicago Division from 1989 until his retirement in October 1993.
Reagan assassination attempt
After Hinckley began to fire, McCarthy deliberately put himself in the line of fire and spread his body in front of Reagan to make himself a target.[dead link] Although all Secret Service agents are trained to take a bullet for the President, only four have actually done so. Besides McCarthy, officer Leslie Coffelt of the White House Police Force was killed and officers Donald Birdzell and Joseph Downs were wounded in the 1950 Truman assassination attempt.
Post-Secret Service career
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He is married and has three children.
- "Chief of Police". Village of Orland Park. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "Has anyone ever been shot while guarding the President?". United States Secret Service. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "March 30, 1981" Reagan's reflections on the assassination attempt, Ronaldreagan.com. Retrieved March 5, 2007.
- "NCAA Award of Valor Recipients". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- "An American Hero". UMKC School of Law. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
- Orland Park Police Department-Meet the Chief of Police
- McCarthy Biography
- 2005 Illinois Bar Association Award
- He Took A Bullet For Reagan, McCarthy interview with Rene Syler, CBS News, 2004 6 11 (online article 2007 Dec 5, Ellen Crean)