WOBURN - The name of Woburn police officer John Gibbons III will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial wall during a ceremony in May in Washington D.C.
Gibbons, known as “Jack,” died of heart failure at the age of 43 in January 1999, as a result of injuries sustained while on duty. He will be honored at the National Law Enforcement Officers annual candlelight vigil on May 13, in conjunction with National Police Week.
Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo is expected to be one of about a dozen law enforcement officials selected to read the list of fallen officers whose names will be added to the memorial wall.
“I expect a strong contingent from Woburn will attend the ceremony,” said Ferullo. “We’re honored that officer Gibbons’ name is going to be included on the memorial wall.”
Gibbons, who was a police officer for 14 years, comes from a family with deep roots in the Woburn Police Dept. His father, John Gibbons Jr., was a detective who retired in 1988, and his two brothers, Lt. Joseph Gibbons and patrolman Mark Gibbons, are current member of the force. Another brother, Ronald Gibbons, was a firefighter with the Woburn Fire Dept.
Mark Gibbons was honored earlier this year by the National Association of Police Organizations and with the George L. Hanna Medal of Honor for bravery for his efforts to capture a suspect who shot officer Robert DeNapoli while robbing Musto Jewelers in West Woburn last September.
Jack Gibbons’ joins John Maguire on the memorial wall. Maguire, also a Woburn patrolman, was shot and killed in 2010 during a robbery at Kohl’s department store in East Woburn.