President’s message - Riding in honour of Vic and Patto

Two more names were added to the Victoria Police Memorial Honour Wall on National Police Remembrance Day, 29 September. Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostiuk and Leading Senior Constable Keith Patterson are now among the 168 names etched on the wall as a permanent reminder of their sacrifice.

Vic and his son, Felix, were participating in the annual Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance on September 14 last year, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction. Vic was in the job for 38 years, working in uniform and as a detective in homicide and other squads.

He was the Officer in Charge of Somerville Family Violence Unit at the time of his passing. In a sad irony, at the time of his death, Vic was riding to remember those who had fallen before him in the line of duty.

During this year’s ride, Victorian riders, including a large contingent from Southern Metro, stopped near the scene of Vic’s death and held a ceremony to honour him.

Leading Senior Constable Keith Patterson died on September 7, 2018 from organ failure. Keith had been a member for 33 years, making his career in Gippsland.

In 2005, he sustained a cut to his left hand while escorting an offender.

It led to a staph infection, which in turn infected a heart valve.

He was off work and extremely ill for a considerable time and the infection directly contributed to his death last year.

Aside from the dedication he showed in his policing career, Keith was made a life member of The Police Association Victoria in 2012 following more than a decade of valued work as a delegate.

Life membership is reserved for those people who have provided outstanding service to members of The Police Association.

As a delegate in the Wellington area, Keith dealt with particularly difficult issues including variable hours rosters and resourcing difficulties and other industrial matters.

His longevity in the role and exceptional service was based on a number of key traits; a strong empathy for his fellow members and the day to day workplace issues and challenges they face, an unwavering loyalty to the Association and its members at all times, and his dedication to the achievement of the Association’s various campaign goals.