SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — Asking Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers what he’s most proud of in his 26 years in the FBI is a loaded question.
“I’ve been very very proud to have led the Boston division over the last three years, and the final three years of my career,” he said.
The Penske Corporation contacted DesLauriers to see if he’d be interested in a post-retirement position months ago. All that was delayed when terror struck the Boston Marathon.
“Probably the most intense week of my career, the first week of the bombing investigation,” DesLauriers said as he looked back on the investigation. “We were totally totally focused on the investigation at hand.”
An investigation that was plastered on an international stage. The world sat on every word that the Longmeadow native said at press conferences in the days following the attack — especially when DesLauriers revealed surveillance photos of the suspected bombers.
“It was a very very serious mission. I knew I couldn’t fail at delivering that speech,” he said. “It was probably the biggest speech I had delivered in my career.”
DesLauriers credits seamless law enforcement teamwork for ending the attack on Boston in just 101 hours. But that investigation isn’t at the top of his accomplishments, and it’s not the arrest of Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, either. DesLauriers says the arrest and deportation of a Russian spy network in 2010 was his proudest moment.
“That was a very very sensitive, complex, and long term investigation that required a lot of diligence and I was very proud that we were able to take down that network of Russian spies,” DesLauriers said.
A Cathedral High grad, DesLauriers says western Massachusetts will always be with him as he moves to Michigan, as his lessons learned with the FBI.
“I’m very very excited by the transition, and looking forward to it. It will be a new change in my career, and really a new phase in my life,” DesLauriers said.
DesLauriers says a corporate security position requires him to be on call 24/7. He’s just looking forward to the phone ringing with slightly less urgency.