Police in shock after fellow officer killed in charity ride
A SENIOR policeman killed during a charity motorcycle ride he was completing with his son has been honoured as a highly-respected officer and friend.
Detective Sen-Sgt Vic Kostiuk, 59, (inset) was taking part in the Wall to Wall Ride to remember fallen officers when a car veered across the road and struck his bike near Orbost in Victoria, on Friday.
His son – also a detective – was riding alongside his father when the tragedy unfolded.
Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the loss of Det Sen-Sgt Vic Kostiuk, who served the community for almost 40 years, had “struck at the heart” of the force. The respected officer’s wife is a retired police member. “We’ve lost one of our friends, someone who has committed forty years of his life to serving the community,” Mr Patton said. “It’s confronting for me – I’m grieving as is every other member of the police force.”