The local law enforcement community is mourning the loss of one of its own this morning.

According to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Wayne Smoulcey passed away Wednesday after a courageous battle with cancer.

Photo Credit -- Oneida County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

Sheriff Rob Maciol says, Smoulcey served as a police officer for more than 15 years. He began his career at the Kirkland Police Department, before transferring to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.

Maciol said of Smoulcey, "Truly a guy who served his community and county 24 hours a day. He and his wife are expecting their second child in just a few short weeks."

Smoulcey was also the Fire Chief of the Willowvale Fire Department.

Calling hours and funeral details will be released once they are finalized.