Family wants stadium memorial honoring fallen worker

ATLANTA----For a Stone Mountain family it was a devastating blow. They lost their son and brother when he fell to his death as he was helping to build the new Olympic Stadium, now Turner Field.

Jack Falls was welding lights atop the stadium on March 2, 1995, when the cables gave way and he plunged more than 100 feet to the ground. Fellow iron workers wasted no time in dedicating a memorial plaque for Falls, which now is posted on a stadium wall.

Now, the Atlanta Braves moving to a new Cobb County Stadium and the fate of Turner Field in doubt, fall sister Lynne Falls-Shriber, raised her voice looking to retrieve a lasting memento still posted at the Stadium. So far, she has gotten nowhere to gain possession of the Plaque for a family memorial at Falls' grave site.

"When we heard the stadium was coming down, it really touched us -- in a bad way -- because we knew my brother had something to do with building it. We knew the plaque was here," Shriber said.

"I had contacted the Mayor (City of Atlanta) because I didn't know where to go and I never got a response. I wrote another email and I also contacted Bill (Liss) at WXIA and here we are," she added.

11Alive arranged a meeting at the Stadium for Shriber with Violet Ricks, Executive Director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. They run the Stadium. Ricks quickly contacted her board and cut through all the red tape.

"They wholeheartedly agree that this plaque should to you and your family and we are happy to help," Ricks said.

For "Raising her Voice," Shriber now proudly wears her 11Alive Red Shirt.

The family will have the plaque within a few weeks.


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