Larry Solomon Death – According to Longview police chief Anthony Boone, the loss of one of his officers to cancer was significant for both the agency and the neighborhood. Larry Solomon, 30, a member of the Longview Police Department for eight years, passed away on Saturday, the LPD reported. He served in the Marines before joining LPD and graduated from Mt. Enterprise High School in 2010. Solomon had worked as a patrol officer and a field training officer before joining the department’s K-9 team.
“He was actually hired when I was lieutenant over at training and recruiting, so I’ve seen him grow through his entire career,” Boone said this week. He was really a fantastic man and so well-liked both inside and internationally. Solomon was having open heart surgery, and Longview police requested prayers from the public in October. A lump discovered during Solomon’s heart surgery in November, according to the department, revealed that he had angiosarcoma, a rare kind of cancer. “I’m never out of the fight and will continue to fight this thing,” Solomon said at the time. “Thank you for all that you do! Enjoy your lives, be kind to people, and make memories with your family and loved ones.”
The Longview Police Benefits Association would raise money for Solomon to support him and his family with medical treatment or travel, the department stated after Solomon’s operation. To raise money, t-shirts were created and sold that said “Never Alone” on the front and “Solomon Strong” on the back. Boone claimed that Solomon’s absence from the department throughout his cancer treatment was difficult on his fellow officers. “Just him not being there has affected (us) for the last several months, and now with him losing the battle, that’s definitely made it tough,” he said.
Besides his wife Shawna, sons Kameron and Jace, father Larry Solomon Sr., sisters Regina Gibson, Tasha Vargas (Silvester), and Trisha Heard (Robert), brothers Marcus Rhine (Kristen), Joshua Rhine, and Anthony Dixon, and grandmothers Faye Hodge and Rose Mary Avila, Solomon is also survived by his wife Shawna, sons Kameron and Jace, and his father. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, a life celebration visitation is set at The Cammack Family Welch Funeral Home in Longview. A memorial ceremony will be held in Hall Cemetery/Union Springs Community Cemetery in Mount Enterprise at 2 p.m. after the funeral service on Friday at 11 a.m. at Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Longview.
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