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Docklander Rod a terror victim

05 Dec 2018

Docklander Rod Patterson was stabbed during the incident on Bourke St last month.

He’s from Launceston, but his Melbourne apartment in the Conder building in Docklands is where he was visited by Premier Daniel Andrews while recovering.

Mr Patterson had recently arrived back in the country and was travelling through the city on his way home when he was stabbed in the head.

The 58-year-old is an ex firefighter and told ABC News that he approached the burning car on Bourke St to see if anyone needed help, before he was attacked.

He released a statement from The Alfred Hospital during his recovery from the wound, which required 120 internal and external stitches.

“Yesterday, 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 went to assist and whilst doing so received a knife wound to my head. 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.”

When Mr Patterson’s name went public, it became apparent that he is quite well known.

Chief executive of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Michael Bailey, Labor member for Franklin David O’Byrne and Legislative councillor Rosemary Armitage all issued statements in support for their friend.

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