MOUNT Druitt police commander Jeffrey Philippi paid tribute to his officer, Constable Matthew Montesin, who died last week.
Constable Montesin, who was 40, lost his battle with cancer on the evening of July 30.
He was at home with his wife, Megan, his three children and his parents.
‘‘Monty, as he was affectionately known, was a hard-working constable who always endeavoured to provide the best possible service to his community in the Mount Druitt area,’’ Superintendent Philippi said.
‘‘He entered policing later in life, bringing a wealth of life experience to the career he always aspired to.
‘‘‘A quiet and reserved man, Constable Montesin had a reliable and steady work ethic which was comforting to many members of the community he assisted.’’
He began his career in policing at the Mount Druitt command in 2010.
Constable Montesin worked in general duties, but had a particular interest in traffic-related work because of his love of cars.
Superintendent Philippi said his death was a blow to all who knew him.
‘‘Monty’s mates in the NSW Police Force family and the wider Mt Druitt community will miss him greatly,’’ he said.