The Washington Times - April 23, 2013, 06:44AM

President Obama phoned FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to express appreciation to the men and women in law enforcement and the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their work hunting down the Boston bombing suspects last week.

Mr. Obama hailed the “professionalism and bravery” demonstrated by the officers since the Boston Marathon bombings took place last Monday, and praised the “impressive coordination” between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who were able to bring “this chapter of tragedy” to a close, according to the readout of the phone calls.

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“While the president acknowledged there is still much work ahead, he thanked Special Agent in Charge Deslauriers and Commissioner Davis for their leadership and told them that the law enforcement officials, the citizens of Boston and all affected by this tragedy were in his thoughts and prayers,” the statement said.