On September 15, 2022, the New York State Police held a ceremony at the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh to dedicate the I-87 twin bridges over the Saranac River in Plattsburgh as the “Trooper Brian S. Falb Memorial Bridges.”
Earlier this year, Governor Hochul signed legislation renaming the bridges in honor of Trooper Falb, who died on March 13, 2017, of cancer stemming from his assignment to the World Trade Center site following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Trooper Falb was assigned to aid with the search and recovery efforts at Ground Zero as part of the New York State Police detail. He is survived by his wife Mary and four children, Morgan, Peyton, Sydney, and Brian Jr.
State Police were joined at the ceremony by Trooper Falb’s family, the sponsors of the legislation, Assemblyman Billy Jones and Senator Dan Stec, Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman, Clinton County Legislature Chairman Mark Henry, along with local law enforcement partners.
“On behalf of Trooper Falb’s family, the State Police want to thank the lawmakers and other officials who helped make this bridge dedication a reality, we are honored at the effort and commitment they put into this project,” said Major R. Anthony Oliver, Commander of Troop B. “Trooper Falb was a valued member of the State Police who dedicated his life to helping others, and renaming the bridge in his honor will serve as a daily reminder of the work he did for our community.”
Trooper Brian Falb was born in Oyster Bay, Long Island, and graduated from Sachem High School in 1987. He received an Associate Business Degree from SUNY Cobleskill and later a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Trooper Falb entered the State Police on May 4, 1998, serving for 19 years. During his career, Trooper Falb was assigned to the Hurricane Katrina detail in New Orleans in 2005, the Hurricane Sandy detail on Long Island in 2012, and assisted in the 2015 manhunt for the two escaped prisoners from Clinton Correctional Facility. He was last assigned to the Troop B Traffic Incident Management Unit.