Nov. 23, 2011: Pres Obama Signs Bill to Rename Woburn Post Office for Fallen Officer, Jack Maguire
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Malden) praised President Obama for signing legislation to rename the Woburn Post Office after John “Jack” Maguire, a patrolman in the Woburn Police Department who was killed in the line of duty last year. Markey’s legislation passed the United States House of Representatives earlier this month. Similar legislation co-sponsored by Senator Kerry and Senator Brown had already passed the United States Senate.
Officer Maguire, a 34-year veteran of the Woburn police force, was fatally shot in the line of duty when he responded to a robbery at a Kohl’s department store on December 26, 2010. Senators Kerry and Brown and Congressman Markey introduced legislation in both the Senate and House that would dedicate the post office located at 462 Washington Street to Officer Maguire’s service. The name of the post office will be changed to the “Officer John Maguire Post Office Building.”
“A three-decade veteran of the police force, Officer Maguire died protecting nearby shoppers, employees, and residents from an armed criminal,” said Rep. Markey. “It is a tragedy for his family, the Woburn Police Department, and the entire community to have lost such a brave and honorable father, husband, and colleague. With the renaming of this post office in honor of Officer Maguire, we honor his service and sacrifice. And we pay homage to the life and legacy of a true hometown hero.”
Mayor Galvin and Acting Woburn Police Chief Richard Kelley requested Senator Kerry to introduce the Senate bill to name the U.S. Post Office in honor of Officer John "Jack" Maguire.
Mayor Scott Galvin stated, "The City of Woburn is extremely grateful to Representative Markey, Senator Kerry and Senator Brown for their bipartisan effort to move our request to name the U.S. Post Office located at 462 Washington Street — just a few hundred yards across the street from where Officer Maguire was shot and killed in the line of duty — in honor of Woburn Police Officer John "Jack" Maguire."
Officer Jack Maguire had celebrated his 60th birthday three days before his death and had given notice of his intention to retire in October 2011. He was born and raised in the City of Woburn, Massachusetts. Officer Maguire was the son of the late Thomas J. Maguire, Jr., the Woburn Police Chief from 1951 to 1978 and he was wearing his father’s badge number 23 at the time of his death. He was the husband of Desiree Maguire and the father of Bryan, Tara, and Sean Maguire. Officer Maguire was a 34 year veteran of the Woburn Police Department and the first to be killed in the line of duty in the Department’s 164 year history.
# # #