24 DecDavid John Hobden Senior Constable of Echo District T.O.G.
On 30 October 1990, Senior Constable David Hobden was travelling on his police motor bike with lights and siren operating in response to a call from D24 of ‘offenders on’ in a house at Endeavour Hills. At the intersection of Heatherton Road and James Cook Drive, Endeavour Hills he was involved in a collision with another vehicle. No fault was attributed to Senior Constable Hobden in regards to the collision. He was conveyed to Dandenong Hospital where he was diagnosed with a broken leg and two broken ribs. As a result of the injuries he was off duty for 12 months. Upon his return to Victoria Police David Hobden performed duty in a number of non-operational roles. During these years his injuries continued to trouble him and he underwent a further thirty operations. He also suffered arthritis in the spine. In 1996, David underwent a major operation which included rods and screws being inserted into his back and a bone graft. Eventually due to excessive pain and discomfort he was forced to retire from Victoria Police in 2005.
David Hobden died in December 2011; the Coroner recorded the cause of death as unknown, however, medical evidence provided by two (2) physicians that treated Mr Hobden, indicates that they believe that the injuries he sustained in 1990 contributed to his untimely death. Senior Constable Hobden was awarded the Victoria Police Star in 2007 in recognition of the serious injuries he sustained.
07 SepPatterson,Keith Leading Senior Constable
Leading Senior Constable Keith Patterson joined Victoria Police in 1986 as a 31 year old following the footsteps of his father who was also a police officer.
On 12th May 2005, Leading Senior Constable Patterson was escorting an offender to the rear of the police divisional van to place him inside the van. Whilst being escorted, the offended began to resist and during this incident Leading Senior Constable Patterson sustained a cut to his left hand. A staph infection entered his blood stream via the cut on his hand and infected a heart valve that was replaced the previous year. Due to the staph infection he was unable to undergo surgery to replace the infected heart valve.
On 7th September 2018 Leading Senior Constable Patterson passed away from organ failure. He was a highly respected police officer who worked mostly in general duties. He was also a delegate of the Police Association of Victoria. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Police Star on 9th May 2019.
Leading Senior Constable Patterson is survived by his wife, Di and sons Ryan, Lachlan and Matthew.
14 SepKostiuk, Victor Detective Senior Sergeant
Detective Senior Sergeant joined Victoria Police in December 1979 as a 20 year old.
On Friday 14th September 2018, Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk lost his life while participating in the annual Wall to Wall Ride for Remembrance. While riding with his son Felix, his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, causing him to come off his motorcycle. He tragically died at the scene.
Throughout Detective Senior Sergeant Victor Kostuik’s career he worked in uniform policing, crime investigation and homicide but he was best known for his work in family violence.
The National Medal was awarded to Det Sen Sgt Kostiuk in 1995.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kostiuk is survived by his wife Veteran Superintendent Pauline Kostuik, and their son, Senior Constable Felix Kostiuk.