Jackson Parish saddened by the passing of “Papa Joe” Holsomback

Jackson Parish was saddened on Saturday by the passing of Jonesboro native, Joe Holsomback. He is fondly remembered as “Papa Joe” by those who knew him and was one of Jackson Parish’s favorite sons. For close to three decades Holsomback served in law enforcement first as an officer for the Town of Jonesboro and upon his retirement as Chief Deputy of the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office, leaving a legacy of mentorship and unselfish service.

“The hearts and prayers of the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office go out to the family today and for days to come,” quoted Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown on the JPSO Facebook page. “We thank him for his many years of service and he will truly missed by all.”

A perfect example of Holsomback’s unselfishness and heroism came in the line of duty in 1966 as a Town of Jonesboro Officer. Responding to an emergency call and with disregard for his own health and safety, he went into a house filled with carbon monoxide to save the lives of a woman and her seven children who were unresponsive after being overcome by the fumes from an unvented charcoal burner.

No further details were available at time of press.

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