Remembering J. Scott McGuire
As thousands of law enforcement officers prepare to travel to Washington D.C., for the 2017 National Police Week, one of the most anticipated, yet solemn events will be the annual candlelight vigil held at the National Mall.
The vigil will be a moment to formally dedicate fallen officers whose names were freshly engraved on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. One of the names that will be dedicated to the sacred wall this year is HSI New Orleans Special Agent J. Scott McGuire.
“Scott’s service to his country can never be repaid, nor his family’s loss replaced, but we can continue to honor his memory by striving to achieve the tremendous level of dedication he demonstrated in protecting our society and way of life.”
Special Agent McGuire tragically lost his life on Jan. 24, 2016, following injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident in Miami Beach, Florida. “Special Agent McGuire made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for our nation. We lost one of our best agents and a dear friend, and much more significantly the McGuire family lost a devoted and loving husband, father, son and brother,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Ray Parmer. “Scott’s service to his country can never be repaid, nor his family’s loss replaced, but we can continue to honor his memory by striving to achieve the tremendous level of dedication he demonstrated in protecting our society and way of life.”
For SAC Parmer and others who knew Special Agent McGuire, he personified the can-do, creative and collaborative spirit of HSI. His work ethic and wonderful nature continue to inspire not only the men and women of HSI New Orleans, but the agency at large. Nowhere was that inspiration more evident than in his final act of selflessness where Special Agent McGuire gave others a chance to live by being an organ donor.
Over the past 16 months since his passing, Special Agent McGuire’s impact has been felt throughout the agency. In May 2016, HSI New Orleans along with its Department of Homeland Security counterparts held a dedication ceremony to rename the DHS New Orleans Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST) office in his honor. This year, HSI Special Agent Ellen Pierson dedicated her annual Honor Roll memorial bike ride in memorial of Special Agent McGuire.
Special Agent McGuire left behind his wife Suzy and son Finn. His name will now be permanently engraved for all to see and his memory will live forever.