Middletown, CT – Middletown Police Department (MPD) Officer Matthew “Matt” Silvestrini died on Dec. 3 after a long and courageous battle against an aggressive brain cancer.
The 38-year-old officer was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma in 2016, when he was just 32 years old, The Middletown Press reported.
Officer Silvestrini underwent radiation treatment, brain surgery, and chemotherapy and was ultimately cancer-free for five years before an MRI revealed the cancer had returned in an even more aggressive form.
The MPD confirmed his tragic death in a Facebook post on Dec. 4.
“The Middletown Police Department is beyond saddened to announce the passing of Officer Matt Silvestrini,” the department’s post read. “Officer Silvestrini passed away peacefully last evening at home surrounded by his family. As most of you know, he fought a long battle with brain cancer.”
Officer Silvestrini, a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, dedicated his life to serving others, according to the MPD.
He served as a City of New Haven police officer before joining the MPD in 2012.
Officer Silvestrini was a member of the MPD’s Firearms Unit, Emergency Response Team, and was also an instructor.
“The most important part about Matt, was his dedication to family. He was a proud husband and father of two beautiful children,” the police department said. “On behalf of the Silvestrini Family, we would like to thank everyone in the community who supported our efforts in raising funds for him.”
Officer Silvestrini leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Ashley, as well as his 11-year-old daughter, Abby, and his nine-year-old son, Walker, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, brothers, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A fundraising page established to help his family has raised more than $111,000.
Middletown Police Officer Matt Silvestrini passed away Saturday after battling brain cancer. He was a U.S. Army veteran and former New Haven police officer before joining Middletown in 2012. @FOX61News
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— Tony Black (@tonyblacknews) December 4, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Middletown Police Department Officer Matthew “Matt” Silvestrini, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.