Three Woburn police officers who died while on duty were honored Wednesday with a new memorial on the grounds of the Woburn police station, city officials said.
The names of three officers are etched in the 9-foot-tall, 15,000-pound black granite obelisk: John “Jack” Maguire, John Gibbons III, and Edward Tedesco.
“What we’re recognizing today are officers not only killed in the line of duty, but also those who were on duty,” Mayor Scott Galvin said by phone.
Maguire, a 34-year veteran of the department, was killed on Dec. 26, 2010, during a shootout with a man who robbed a jewelry counter at gunpoint. In the middle of a blizzard, Maguire attempted to apprehend the man on foot when several shots were exchanged between himself and the suspect. Both men were killed in the incident, according to the Woburn police department’s website. Maguire had just celebrated his 60th birthday and intended to retire in 2011.
Gibbons died in 1999 after being kicked in the chest while trying to break up an altercation on a party bus. The blow led to cardiac arrest, according to Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo.
Tedesco died of a heart attack while on duty in 1990.
“The names of these officers serve as a reminder of the risks that all of our public safety officers face on a daily basis as they perform their duties keeping the fine citizens of our great city safe,” Galvin said at the unveiling Wednesday afternoon.
More than a hundred people attended the ceremony, including many retired police officers and other public safety officials, Galvin said.