Urbana Community Correctional Center Corrections Resident Counselor II, Kevin P. McGuire, died instantly Dec. 31, 1996, after a pickup truck driven by a drunk driver with no license smashed into the rear end of a state vanbeing used to transport inmates to work. The five inmates, all of whom sustained extensive injuries, credited McGuire’s actions in trying to avoid the calamity for saving their lives. Stanley Vlach, the driver of the truck, now 27, will complete an eight year sentence for reckless homicide in 2000.
McGuire started as a Correctional Officer at the Danville Correctional Center on June 1, 1988, and was promoted toSergeant. He transferred to Urbana CCC on July 1, 1990, as a Corrections Resident Counselor and was promoted to Corrections Resident Counselor II in December 1990. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran.
McGuire, 37 at the time of his death, was described as a role model for new employees, who was always available to offer a helping hand to others. He was survived by a son and daughter.