MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown Police Officer Matt Silvestrini died Saturday night after a long battle with incurable brain cancer, the police department announced on its Facebook page.

Silvestrini served as a New Haven police officer before transferring to the Middletown Police Department in 2012.

In Middletown, he was a part of the emergency response team and firearms unit and an instructor at the police department. Silvestrini is also an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq.

Silvestrini was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2016 when he was 32 years old. After numerous surgeries, rounds of chemotherapy, and radiation, Silvestrini was cancer-free for five years.

Yet, cancer returned stronger in November 2021 with limited effective treatment options.

The Middletown Police Department said Silvestrini was a proud husband and father of two children. His family started a GoFundMe to help him in September this year, in which they raised over $100,000.