William Fallon, a decorated agent and one of the more public faces of the FBI in Buffalo, died unexpectedly, Sunday, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 51. Mr. Fallon started with the FBI in 1998 and spent his entire career in the Buffalo office working with the FBI's criminal and national security programs. His assignments included the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the hostage negotiation team. He was widely known throughout the local law enforcement community as "The Mayor" because of his reputation among his peers. "Bill Fallon was liked and admired by all who knew him," said Christopher M. Piehota, special agent in charge of the Buffalo office of the FBI. "He was a genuinely good man, the likes of which you don't see very often. He was truly the mayor wherever he went." Mr. Fallon was active in his community and church, St. Mary Catholic Church in Swormville, where he was on the Parish Council and involved in the Men's Retreat. Family members say he had "passion for serving his country and local community," a trait that prompted his involvement with MIA and POW organizations looking into the fate of Vietnam War veterans. One of Mr. Fallon's uncles, U.S. Air Force Col. Patrick M. Fallon, is considered to be one of the 600 Americans lost in the "secret war" in Laos. Mr. Fallon, who did temporary duty investigating Hurricane Katrina fraud and the Flight 3407 crash in Clarence Center, also earned accolades as an FBI special agent. He received an "Investigator of the Year" award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and was presented the first ever FBI Agents Association's President's Award. A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Fallon was a 1984 graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He received his master's degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester last year. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Nancy; two daughters, Bridget and Alexis; three brothers, Jeff, Patrick and Dr. Regis Fallon; and five sisters, Maureen Bridgeland, Alice Callahan, Colleen Lenaghan, Eileen Henot and Dr. Sheila Fallon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, in St. Mary's Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 8, 2013