NY trooper Brian S. Falb dies from 9/11-related illness

On March 13, 2017, New York State Trooper Brian Falb died of World Trade Center-related cancer, reported Emily Masters in the Albany Times Union. He was 47 and the father of four.

Officer Falb served the state of New York for 19 years.

19-year career patrolling the North Country died Monday from a 9/11-related illness, State Police announced.

Falb is the fourth State Police member to die from September 11th-related illness, which is considered a line of duty death, said Kristin Lowman, a State Police spokeswoman.

Funeral arrangements will be posted.

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NYPD Officer Michael Hance dies of 9/11-related cancer

NYPD Officer Michael Hance, 44, has died of 9/11-related cancer reported Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy in the New York Daily News.

Hance, the divorced father of two and 17-year veteran NYPD officer, was assigned to Queens’ 111th Precinct. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in November, which spread rapidly.

In 2015, a video of Hance dancing with attendees at the Gay Pride Parade went viral.

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Meet the real Rabbi who helped inspire Broadway’s “Come from Away”

The new Broadway musical Come from Away, by Canadian playwrights Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is comprised of stories of kindnesses done by and for the “come from aways” (the Newfoundland term for “visitor”) who were stranded in the tiny town of Gander when US airspace closed on September 11, 2001.

Several of the stories involve a rabbi played by Geno Carr. He is based on Rabbi Levi Sudak who was one of the “plane people” traveling from London to New York, writes Francesca Lunzer Kritz in The NY Jewish Week.

Kritz interviewed Rabbi Sudak and heard even more about his time in Gander. Sudak was disappointed not to meet the playwrights, but was thrilled to speak about Come from Away.

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