SERVING in the New South Wales Police Force for 40 years has "meant everything" to Murray 'Muzza' Powell.
"I have enjoyed every minute of it," said Murray, a sergeant at Byron Bay for the last 25 years and who was farewelled by workmates last Thursday on his last official day on the job.
It was those same workmates who rallied
to support him and
his family - wife Petria
and eight children - when
he reluctantly resigned from the force after being diagnosed in May with pancreatic cancer, with doctors giving him only months to live.
After raising money for the family to enjoy a holiday in Cairns, they have now organised a raffle to raise funds to help with ongoing medical and out-of-pocket expenses.
A host of local businesses have supplied prizes, and tickets can be bought at the Byron Bay NRMA office, Simmo's service station, Byron Bay Veterinary Clinic and ACCS Corporate Wear at Brunswick Heads.
Murray said the support from his workmates had been "marvellous".