PRAISE FOR TASSIE VIC­TIM

Herald Sun - - TERROR ON BOURKE ST - JACK PAYNTER

A MAN stabbed in Bourke St is be­ing hailed a hero af­ter he in­ter­vened to try to stop yes­ter­day’s ter­ror at­tack.

Rod Pat­ter­son, 58, a re­cently re­tired busi­ness­man from Tas­ma­nia, had just re­turned from an over­seas hol­i­day when he was at­tacked by the knifewield­ing man.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion and is ex­pected to sur­vive.

His wife last night con­firmed Mr Pat­ter­son was in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

“Un­for­tu­nately we got caught up in the at­tack in Bourke St this af­ter­noon and Rod­ney was hurt — good news is he is in a great hos­pi­tal and do­ing OK given the cir­cum­stances — can’t take calls at the mo­ment but will speak to ev­ery­one when I can,” Ma­ree Pat­ter­son wrote on Face­book last night.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one for their wishes and car­ing.”

One man, who is yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied, died at the scene.

A 26-year-old had been taken to hos­pi­tal with non­life threat­en­ing in­juries.

High-pro­file Tas­ma­ni­ans last night praised Mr Pat­ter­son’s ef­forts.

“It’s not sur­pris­ing that some­one like Rod would not just be a by­stander and that he would try to help out,” Tas­ma­nian La­bor MP David O’Byrne said. “My thoughts are with his fam­ily.”

Tas­ma­nian Premier Will Hodg­man said ev­ery­one’s thoughts were with a “brave Tas­ma­nian, his fam­ily and friends”.

“A nicer bloke you wouldn’t meet,” Mr Hodg­man said.

“It’s not sur­pris­ing he would step in to help. We all wish him well.”

Rod Pat­ter­son

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