ROANOKE, Va. -

The law enforcement community is mourning one of its own.

Detective Lin Manning died this weekend after a long fight with cancer.

Manning joined the Department in 1997. He started out his career as a patrol officer and quickly moved up the ranks to the detective division.

His supervisor said he helped solved a number of cold cases in our area and that's just one of the reasons he was named detective of the year in 2012.

Friends said he was full of life and had a strong passion for serving others.

"He was a no non-sense kind of guy," said Sgt. Dwayne Jones with the Roanoke City Police Department. "His determination whenever he got a case or whatever he was working on was just unbelievable."

Manning was 42 years old.

The funeral will take place at First Roanoke Baptist Church in downtown Roanoke on Thursday, according to a police spokesman.