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Slain police officer honored

November 20, 2011

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The US House last week approved legislation to rename the city’s main Post Office after the late John Maguire, the Woburn police officer killed in the line of duty last year. Under the legislation, sponsored in the House by US Representative Edward J. Markey, the facility at 462 Washington St. will be named the Officer John Maguire Post Office Building. The bill was previously passed in the Senate, where it had been introduced by US Senators John F. Kerry and Scott Brown, and President Obama is expected to sign it. The lawmakers acted at the request of Mayor Scott D. Galvin and the Police Department’s acting chief, Richard Kelley. Maguire, a 34-year veteran of the force, was fatally shot responding to a robbery at the Kohl’s department store in Woburn last Dec. 26. “We are very pleased,” Galvin said of passage of the bill, which he said will cement Maguire’s name in history. “It’s well deserved.” - John Laidler