LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – The Longview Police Department said on Wednesday they are working on creating means to help support an officer who was determined to have a rare form of cancer after undergoing open heart surgery.
“Besides being a police officer, Larry Solomon is also a Marine, so all he knows is how to fight for what he believes in,” officials said. “Until recently that fight has been for his country while in the Marines, and his community as a Longview Police Officer. However, that fight is now more personal than ever.”
Solomon has been with the Longview Police Department for seven years.
“Officer Solomon worked his way up through patrol, as a patrolman, and right now he is assigned as one of our two K-9 officers that we have,” Brandon Thornton with the Longview Police Department said.
Longview police originally called on the public in mid-October to offer prayers for Solomon as he underwent open heart surgery. Since then, in a recent update, the department said a mass was found located near his heart during surgery.
The mass was tested, and the department said a pathology report from the mass determined Solomon has angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
Officer Solomon sent a message to the Longview Police Department that read:
Officials said he has already begun cancer treatment and that the department is currently working on means to support Solomon and his family while he undergoes treatment and travels for his health.
“The department is our family, and he is a part of our family, and we are trying to support him and his family as best as we can,” Thornton said.
The Longview Police Department wants officer Solomon to know he’s not alone in this fight.
The department said opportunities to help Solomon and his family will be made available. On Wednesday, the department said the Longview Police benefits Association will be fundraising for Solomon starting with t-shirt sales.
“Officer Solomon if you happen to see this we are here for you, we are here for your family, we are praying for you, and we’re asking the public to pray for officer Solomon,” Thornton said.
Officer Solomon is grateful for all the messages and prayers he has been receiving but does ask for privacy for himself and his family during this time.
Within the Longview Police Department, he has served as a patrol officer, field training officer and is currently a part of the K-9 team with K-9 Officer Jiro.