PRAISE FOR TASSIE VICTIM
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.”