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ArmorGroup Iraq pays tribute to two loyal employees

ArmorGroup Iraq pays tribute to two loyal employees who died in Iraq while on active duty yesterday (Sunday 09 August 2009)
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Paul McGuigan and Darren Hoare, who both worked for G4S subsidiary ArmorGroup Iraq, were shot and killed following a firearms incident. A third ArmorGroup employee, Arkhan Mahdi, was shot and wounded during the incident and is recovering well in hospital.

Paul, aged 37, was born in Scotland but as a former Royal Marine had travelled the world over before joining ArmorGroup Iraq in 2003.  At the time of the incident, Paul was serving as a team leader commanding a Personal Security Detail (PSD) team.  After serving with the Royal Marines he undertook a number of commercial security roles and continued his personal development within the industry with close protection, medical and maritime courses.  Paul leaves behind a loving family.

Friends and colleagues said of Paul, “He was larger than life.  We will miss his laughter, stories and his friendship.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, his unborn child and all of us will miss him being in our lives”.

Darren, also aged 37, from Queensland Australia, had been working for ArmorGroup for more than four years on a number of PSD projects throughout Iraq. Darren had served five years in The Royal Australian Air Force including service in Iraq, employed predominantly as a close protection specialist.  His patience and willingness to teach endeared him well to his Iraqi colleagues.  Darren leaves behind his soul mate Mollyjoe and their three beautiful children.

Friends and colleagues said of Darren, “He was a great family man and always spoke lovingly of his partner, his three adorable kids and the fat Labrador that was never really supposed to come in the house. His life revolved around supporting his family and that’s why, at the sacrifice of time with them, he was in Iraq. He would have swum the oceans to spend an extra minute with them.”

A G4S spokesperson, said: “Paul and Darren were both experienced, dedicated operators, highly regarded by clients and colleagues alike and very well respected.  Their friends and colleagues are all still shocked by the incident.  Paul and Darren will both be sadly missed.”

The Iraqi police are currently holding a suspect, also an ArmorGroup employee. The company is working closely with the authorities on their investigations into the incident.