PATTO’S BRAVE ACT
STABBED HERO IS ALWAYS THINKING OF OTHERS
A TASMANIAN man stabbed in the head during the Bourke St terror attack says his thoughts are with the other victims and police officers involved as he recovers.
Rod Patterson, 58, who has homes in Launceston and Melbourne after retiring earlier this year from his Autobarn business in Tasmania, was hurt when he tried to help a victim.
“I went to assist and whilst doing so received a knife wound to my head,” he said from his hospital bed.
Mr Patterson, above, was with his wife in the city on Friday when the attack happened.
“Whilst out with my wife Maree enjoying another great day in Melbourne, a city that we love, we were unfortunately caught up in the incident on Bourke St,” he said.
“I am receiving fantastic care at The Alfred. We both appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time, and our thoughts are also with the other victims, families and police officers involved.”
The South Launceston Football Club wished its former president and life member a speedy recovery.
“Patto was hurt trying to assist others, which demonstrates his heroic nature, that we have come to know and love,” the club said.
ROD Patterson moved to help one of the victims — and was stabbed in the head by Bourke St terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.
The Tasmanian, who recently retired after selling his Launceston Autobarn franchise and spends time in Melbourne to be closer to his children, is recovering in The Alfred Hospital.
“I went to assist and while doing so received a knife wound to my head,” he said yesterday from hospital.
He said his thoughts were now with the other victims and the police officers involved.
Mr Patterson, 58, had been out with his wife in the city when the attack happened.
“We both appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time, and our thoughts are also with the other victims, families and police officers involved,” he said.
Mr Patterson’s son Todd said his father was doing well despite his traumatic experience and surgery.
“Dad is fine and will return to full health,” he said.
Friends of Mr Patterson said he had recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime overseas trip to celebrate his retirement.
His friends labelled him a community hero with a massive heart who selflessly put others first.
South Launceston Football Club president Felicity Viney said Mr Patterson was a stalwart of the club.
“In every facet of his life, he has never been a bystander so that aspect doesn’t surprise me at all,” she said.
“He will always lend a hand, even at his own expense.”
And on its Facebook page, the club said; “Patto was hurt trying to assist others, which demonstrates his heroic nature, that we have come to know and love.”
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce, and Industry chief executive, Michael Bailey, has known Mr Patterson for about 25 years.
“I was talking to my wife that if there was anyone we knew that was likely to be the sort of person to jump in and protect the community, Rod Patterson would be the number one person,” Mr Bailey said.
Labor State Franklin MP and former South Launceston footballer David O’Byrne described Mr Patterson as a “bighearted natural leader of people” who worked tirelessly for his community whether it was as a firefighter early on in his career or successful business operator.
“You wouldn’t wish this sort of attack on anyone but if it was going to happen, you would want someone like Rod Patterson with you,” he said.