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Police Chief: Officer Died For City Of Woburn

Police stood guard at the memorial service for Woburn Police Officer Jack Maquire in Wilmington, Friday. (AP)
Police stood guard at the memorial service for Woburn Police Officer Jack Maquire in Wilmington, Friday. (AP)

More than 2,000 police from around the region attended the funeral of Woburn Police Officer John Maguire on Friday here in Wilmington.

Maguire was killed Sunday trying to stop a burglary at a local department store.

You don't see police men cry very often, but Friday's funeral was anything but ordinary. Woburn Police Chief Philip Mahoney struggled to contain his tears as he spoke about Maguire and shared more details about the firefight that killed him.

Maguire was in the second car to respond to the robbery at the Kohl's department store, according to Majoney. At one point, he said, the robbers held women at gunpoint. Mahoney said Maguire was not the first to shoot.

Maguire, Mahoney said, gave his life for the city of Woburn.

Gov. Deval Patrick attended the funeral but did not speak. His administration has vowed to investigate how the man authorities say shot Maguire, Dominic Cinelli, got out of prison on parole even though he was sentenced to three life terms.

This program aired on December 31, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

Bianca Vázquez Toness Twitter Reporter
Bianca Vázquez Toness was formerly a report for WBUR.

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