Longview Police Chief Anthony Boone says the death of one of his officers from cancer is a great loss to the department and the community.
Larry Solomon, 30, an eight-year-old member of the Longview Police Department, died Saturday, LPD said.
He graduated from Mount Enterprise High School in 2010 and served in the Marine Corps before joining the LPD.
Solomon was part of the K-9 team and had previously served as a patrol officer and field training officer.
“He was actually hired when I was a lieutenant in training and recruiting, so I’ve seen him grow throughout his career,” Boon said this week. “He was so loved inside and out – he was a great guy.”
Longview police said in October that Solomon had undergone open-heart surgery and asked the congregation to pray. In November, the department reported that a tumor was found during surgery on Solomon’s heart, which showed that he had angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
“I never get out of a fight and will continue to fight it,” Solomon said at the time. “Thank you for everything you do! Enjoy life, be kind to people, and create memories with your family and loved ones.”
The department announced after his operation that the Longview Police Benefit Association would be raising funds for Solomon to help him and his family with medical treatment or travel related to his health. T-shirts with “Never Alone” on the front and “Solomon Strong” on the back were made and sold to raise funds.
While he was being treated for cancer, Solomon was absent from the squad, which Boone said was hard on his fellow officers.
“The fact that he wasn’t there has affected (us) over the past few months and now that he has lost the battle, it has definitely made things more difficult,” he said.
Solomon is survived by his wife, Shona; sons Cameron and Jace; his father, Larry Solomon Sr.; sisters Regina Gibson; Tasha Vargas (Sylvester); and Trisha Hurd (Robert); brothers Markus Rein (Kristen); Joshua Rein; and Anthony Dixon; as well as grandmothers, Faye Hodge and Rose Mary Avila.
Celebration of Life attendance is scheduled from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at Cammack Family Welch Funeral Home in Longview.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 am Friday at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Longview, followed by a grave service at 2 pm at Hall Cemetery/Union Springs Cemetery in Mount Enterprise.