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Ceremony recalls Woburn officer’s valor

Police Officer John B. Maguire’s widow, Desiree, and their three adult children accepted the Hanna Medal of Honor today from Governor Deval Patrick at the Massachusetts State House. Police Officer John B. Maguire’s widow, Desiree, and their three adult children accepted the Hanna Medal of Honor today from Governor Deval Patrick at the Massachusetts State House. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff)
By John R. Ellement
Globe Staff / November 19, 2011

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The family of slain Woburn Police Officer John B. Maguirecq stood today in the well of the state House of Representatives and, to thunderous applause, received the Hanna Medal of Honor in his memory. Maguire, a 34-year veteran, was on duty on Dec. 26, 2010 when he responded during a snowstorm to a Kohl’s department store, where an attempt to rob the store had triggered an alarm. Maguire was shot four times, but killed his assailant, career criminal Domenic Cinelli.

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