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Hero Down: Syracuse Police Det. William ‘Billy’ LaShomb Succumbs To Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Bridgeport, NY – Syracuse Police Department (SPD) Detective William “Billy” LaShomb died on Oct. 11 due to carbon monoxide poisoning he suffered while boating several weeks prior.

The 36-year-old detective and his friend, 34-year-old Blair Dodge, were found unresponsive on Det. LaShomb’s boat on Oneida Lake on Sept. 21, WSTM reported.

Both had lost consciousness due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dodge was pronounced dead that day, The Post-Standard reported.

Det. LaShomb was transitioned into hospice care on Sept. 26, according to WSTM.

He spent his final days surrounded by his family before he passed away on Oct. 11.

Det. LaShomb served the SPD for over 13 years, and was most recently assigned to the Gang Violence Task Force, the SPD said in a Facebook post.

He also served as the department’s SWAT team leader.

The highly-decorated detective “proudly served the residents of the City of Syracuse and removed numerous violent individuals off of the streets,” the SPD said.

Det. LaShomb was also a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, according to his obituary.

He leaves behind his wife of eight years, Jamie, and his sons, Billy and Mason, the tribute read.

Det. LaShomb is also survived by his mother, brothers, grandmother, and many nieces and nephews.

A fundraising campaign established to assist his family in the wake of their loss has raised over $41,900 so far.

“Det. LaShomb, you will be truly missed as a Police Officer, and as a loving father,” the SPD said. “May you rest in peace.”

Det. LaShomb was laid to rest on Oct. 17, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Syracuse Police Department Detective William “Billy” LaShomb, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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