The State Assembly yesterday passed a bill (A8445a/S7504a) sponsored by Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake) to rename the bridges located on Interstate 87 over the Saranac River after Trooper Brian S. Falb. Trooper Falb died of cancer due to injuries acquired during the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Jones introduced the bill last year after the Town of Plattsburgh passed a resolution in support of renaming these bridges in honor of Trooper Falb’s memory.
Trooper Brian S. Falb moved to the North Country when he was in college and decided to start his career and raise his family in the region when he was stationed at Troop B after graduating from the Police Academy in 1998. He tirelessly served the North Country community for 18 years until his death in March 2017 from cancer stemming from his assignment at the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“The North Country lost a true hero with the passing of Trooper Falb and it was my honor to ensure that his memory lasts forever by adding his name to the bridges over the Saranac River,” Jones said. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice during our country’s time of need and I am proud to join the community in showing our gratitude and appreciation for his service by renaming these bridges in his honor.”
“Trooper Falb was a dedicated public servant and member of the Town of Plattsburgh community and it was important to all of us that the Town honor his legacy,” said Michael Cashman, Plattsburgh Town Supervisor. “I want to thank the assemblyman for all his advocacy to make sure that Trooper Falb’s service during 9/11 is never forgotten.”
The bill is currently on the debate list in the State Senate.