Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy to Speak at Village’s History Museum

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy to Speak at Village’s History Museum
Posted on 06/06/2016

The Village of Orland Park History Museum Speakers' Series continues on Thursday, June 9 with a 7 p.m. presentation by Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy.

McCarthy began his law enforcement career in 1972 when he was appointed a special agent with the United States Secret Service. In 1979, he was reassigned to the Presidential Protection Division in Washington, D.C.

On March 31, 1981, McCarthy distinguished himself while protecting President Ronald Reagan when he was shot in the line of duty during an assassination attempt. McCarthy recovered from serious injuries and returned to work. He was promoted to several supervisory positions prior to retiring in 1993 as the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office.

"Chief McCarthy will forever hold a special place in American history because he took a bullet protecting the President of the United States," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Orland Park has been very fortunate to have him serve as our police chief for more than 20 years."

McCarthy was named chief of police for the Village of Orland Park in 1994. His more than two decades of service to the Village of Orland Park were recently recognized when the Illinois Association of Police Chiefs named him the organization's first chief of the year.

"Tim McCarthy is well respected across the country, throughout the state and certainly in Orland Park," the mayor said. "We are very excited to have him speak at the museum when he talks about his role in American history."

"I'm glad to be a part of the museum's speakers' series," McCarthy said. "I'll be talking about my career with the Secret Service and the assassination attempt on President Reagan."

The speakers' series is free and open to the public. The museum is located in Orland Park's Old Village Hall at 14413 South Beacon Avenue. Free on-street parking is available on Beacon Avenue and in the rear of the building accessible via 144th Place.

Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. Learn more about the village's history museum at https://www.facebook.com/OrlandParkHistoryMuseum/ or by calling 708/873-1622.