Patriots Day: Cinematic Reflections on a Post-9/11 World
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
The National Law Enforcement Museum hosted Patriots Day: Cinematic Reflections on a Post 9/11 World – with a special “meet and greet” reception with the film’s real-life law enforcement heroes from the Boston Marathon bombing with a discussion to learn about the experience of translating their actions into film, including how their collaboration led to the swift apprehension of the perpetrators. A Q&A session followed the program.
- Edward Davis III, Former Boston Police Commissioner; Founder and CEO, Edward Davis Company (played by John Goodman)
- Richard C. DesLauriers, Former FBI Special Agent; Vice President, Corporate Security, Penske Corporation (portrayed by Kevin Bacon)
- Jeffrey J. Pugliese, Watertown Police Department (MA), Retired (portrayed by J.K. Simmons)
Patriots Day can also be streamed on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft Store, Redbox, and Vudu.
Edward Davis, III
Edward Davis serves as founder and CEO of the highly regarded security firm, Edward Davis Company. In this role, he leads a team of security and technology solutions experts former federal, state, local law enforcement, military officials, and attorneys all who maintain strong links to academic institutions, national and international government, and intelligence community.
Prior to launching the Edward Davis Company, Ed served as Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department from 2006 through 2013, where he oversaw security operations for 6 world championship celebrations, the Occupy Boston Movement, and led the highly successful response to the Boston Marathon bombing. In 1995, Ed was appointed the youngest Police Superintendent in the City of Lowell where he instituted a new philosophy of Community Policing, which he was recognized nationally for its success that resulted in a massive decrease in serious crimes.
Davis was a Spring 2014 Resident Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and has lectured extensively at both Harvard and MIT on the pertinent issues of physical and cyber security, public safety and emergency/crisis response.
Richard C. DesLauriers
Mr. DesLauriers entered on duty as a Special Agent with the FBI in January 1987. In December 1997, he transferred to the Boston Division where he supervised Counterintelligence investigations. He was later designated an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division in September 2003, overseeing Counterintelligence programs.
After serving in several counterintelligence capacities, including in New York and at FBI headquarters, he returned to Boston in 2010 as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division, which is the agency’s 10th largest office. There, he led a cadre of over 500 FBI Agents, Intelligence Analysts, and Professional Support personnel responsible for the investigation of terrorism, espionage, and criminal matters in this geographic region. In this assignment, he led the FBI’s successful hunt for long-time FBI Top-Ten fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, and he led the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation.
In July 2013, Mr. DesLauriers retired after 26 ½ years service with the FBI, and since then has served as Vice President – Corporate Security with Penske Corporation in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Prior to his retirement from the FBI, Mr. DesLauriers was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal by General (Ret.) James R. Clapper, Jr., the former Director of National Intelligence (DNI), for his significant contributions to United States national security.
Sergeant Jeffrey J. Pugliese
Sgt. Pugliese served four years in the US Army, during which time he was assigned to the 287th Military Police Company in Berlin, Germany, as a Military Police Officer. In January 1980, he was appointed to the Watertown Police Department.
After graduating from the Waltham Police academy, he joined the Night Patrol Division and has been a firearms Instructor since 1986. In August 1993, he was promoted to sergeant and continued working the night shift. He served as Officer in Charge of the Traffic Division beginning in July 1998, and returned to the Night Patrol Division in July 2005. In May 2021 he retired from the Watertown Police Department and currently works with The Ed Davis Company, LLC.
For his actions in apprehending the Boston Marathon Bombers, Sgt. Pugliese received numerous awards and recognitions including the Presidential Medal of Valor.