Timothy J. McCarthy (born June 20, 1949) is a former United States Secret Service agent who served under five U.S presidents; from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton. McCarthy is best known for his notable act of bravery while defending President Ronald Reagan during the assassination attempt on Reagan's life on Monday, March 30, 1981, in Washington, D.C..
During the assassination attempt, McCarthy spread his stance to protect Reagan as six bullets were being fired by the would-be assassin, John Hinckley, Jr.. McCarthy stepped in front of President Reagan, saving the President from harm at considerable risk to his own life. McCarthy survived a .22-caliber round in the abdomen.
McCarthy recovered fully and received the NCAA Award of Valor in 1982 for his protection of President Reagan.
He has served as the current Chief of Police of Orland Park, Illinois since May 1994.
Reagan assassination attemptEdit
On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. opened fire on President Ronald Reagan as he exited the Washington Hilton Hotel after giving a speech, firing six bullets in 1.7 seconds. As Special Agent In Charge Jerry Parr quickly pushed Reagan into the limousine, Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy put himself in the line of fire and spread his body in front of Reagan to make himself a target. He was struck in the abdomen by Hinckley's fourth bullet.
McCarthy was taken to George Washington University Hospital, and was operated on near the president. He was the first of the wounded men to be discharged from the hospital.
For his bravery, McCarthy received the NCAA Award of Valor in 1982.