(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – More than 100 people gathered Wednesday night to celebrate and commemorate the life of a Woburn police officer who died two years ago while trying to keep his community safe.
Jack Maguire was fatally shot on Dec. 26, 2010 while responding to an armed robbery at a Kohl's department store on Washington Street. He was less than a year away from retirement.
The community gathered Wednesday to unveil the new monument erected in Maguire's honor, as well as two other Woburn police officers who died while on the force.
The monument, a 1,500 pound black granite stone, is appropriately displayed at the Woburn Police Station.
"The names of these officers serves as a reminder of the risks all of our public safety officers face on a daily basis, as they perform the duties keeping the citizens of our fine city safe," Mayor Scott Galvin said during the dedication ceremony.
Maguire's death brought heartache, but it also brought change.
Maguire was killed by Dominic Cinelli, a career criminal who was out on parole, even though he had been sentenced to three life terms.
Five members of the state's parole board were forced to resign in the wake of the tragedy, and in 2012, a state law was enacted barring parole for felons convicted of three serious, violent crimes
Chuck Maguire was a vocal advocate, and says the new legislation is part of his brother's legacy.
"That ended up being the push that did it. I think we finally climbed that mountain to do something about these guys," Chuck Maguire said.
Maguire was a married father of three, and a 34-year-old veteran of the force. His wife Desiree says this honor means more than anyone will ever know.
"To have family and friends and so many loved ones, I am very fortunate," Desiree said.
Two other late Woburn officers are also on the memorial.
Edward Tedesco, Sr. died in 1990 of a heart attack on the job, and in 1990, John Gibbons, III was killed as a result of injuries he sustained responding to an incident on Route 93.
The Woburn police chief says he's researching the department's records to see if any other officers deserve a spot on the memorial.
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