Fallen officer to be honored at Rose Bowl parade

Times Daily | Anna Brown
Allison Carter/TimesDaily photos. Heather Uhlman Faulkner and her son, Blake, show keepsakes of Cpl. Brian Faulkner’s memory, such as this blanket made from Brian’s T-shirts, at their home in Tuscumbia. Brian, an Alabama Bureau of Investigation agent who died in March 2014, will be honored in the 2016 Rose Parade.

Cpl. Brian Patrick Faulkner’s service to the public through his law enforcement work lives on by the donation of his organs following his untimely death March 18, 2014.

Now, the Alabama Organ Center has selected Faulkner to represent the state of Alabama on the Donate Life America float in the 2016 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

“I was shocked when I got the phone call from the organ center,” said Faulkner’s wife of 15 years, Heather Uhlman Faulkner. “This is such an honor. Out of everybody they could have selected, they selected Brian. I was speechless.”

A photo of Brian made from organic materials such as seeds, spices and herbs — called a floragraph — will be displayed on the Donate Life America float in the Rose Parade, Heather said.

Part of the floragraph will be completed by Brian’s friends and family at an event and reception. Heather said friends and family are invited to participate in completing the floragraph at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Highland Park Baptist Church.

Brian, an agent with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, died from injuries sustained in a March 9, 2014, motorcycle wreck in Cherokee.

Heather said Brian’s internal organs, tissues and some bones were donated to the Alabama Organ Center following his death. She said he was a strong supporter of organ donation, and she knows he would be happy someone else is getting a second chance at life because of his donation. Continue reading

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