Selectmen Support Request To Name Walking Trail After Wilmington Fallen Hero Jack Maguire

WILMINGTON, MA — At its meeting last month, the Wilmington Board of Selectmen unanimously supported a new effort to honor John “Jack” Maguire, a Wilmington resident and Woburn Police Officer who was fatally shot responding to a robbery on December 26, 2010.

Resident Joseph Cigna requested Selectmen support a warrant article at the Annual Town Meeting on April 30, 2022 to name and dedicate a walking trail at Hathaway Acres in memory of Maguire.

According to Town Manager Jeff Hull, Cigna would like to establish a plaque to memorialize Maguire at a walking trail in conservation area. It would be a standalone plaque on a pole, positioned in such a way that those from the street and on the trail would see it. Cigna, who said that Maguire’s wife is in support of the idea, would fundraise to cover costs associated with the project.

“I personally believe it’s a wonderful idea,” said Selectmen Acting Chair Greg Bendel. “It will receive tremendous support at Town Meeting, including among the members of this board.”

Maguire, a 60-year-old husband and father of three, was on the force for 34 years and just months away from retirement at the time of his tragic death.

The city of Woburn named its Post Office on Washington Avenue after Maguire in 2012. His family, friends, colleagues and community members pay their respects to him with a Candlelight Vigil at his Memorial Christmas Tree, located across from the Post Office, every December 26.

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