A Boardman police officer has passed away while off duty, the department confirmed Saturday.

Officer Heather Dobbins died at the Cleveland Clinic Friday morning following a brief illness. She had been a member of the Boardman force for 16 years.

"Heather will be remembered for her dedication to the community, professionalism, and above all her kindness that she displayed on a daily basis," the department said in a statement on Facebook. "Please keep Heather and her family in your thoughts and prayers."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made public.