As some of you may know, yesterday one of our members, Senior Constable Kate McLeod was tragically killed in a road accident while travelling to work in Eastern Victoria.
The Police Association Victoria would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Kate’s family, friends and colleagues. We would like to remind them that we are here to support you in any way we can.
We know that our community would also like to offer their condolences to Kate’s family and police colleagues in Gippsland.
– TPAV Comms Team via Facebook on 8 October 2015
Sharon BleggMy deepest sympathy to Lisa – her soul mate and life partner. Thoughts to family and friends. Kate – you will be sadly missed. Your detailed stories, your blushing, and you as ‘yourself’. One half of the ‘Bandits’…..your memories will live on. Good Bye Katrina Isobelle ….YES!!!!!!!!….I know, you “HATE” that. Kate. RIP Kate. xxx
Simon WalshIt was terrible to hear of Kates passing, my sincere condolences to her colleagues, friends and family and my thoughts are with all her emergency service colleagues that attended the scene.
Paula JohnsonWe worked many shifts together and I will always remember your stories …”katrina is a bell ding dong”, and they’re runners in Victoria, not ‘sand shoes’. My thoughts are with Lisa, you will be missed. Thanks for the laughs and the memories. RIP kate
Rachel RogersThank You Kate-for your years of dedicated service, and for the friendship we made during them. You were a funny, cheeky woman, that knew what supporting a colleague was-a real asset to our world…extremely gullible though.. ?
As with the others-my thoughts and condolences are with Lisa, your friends and family, both blood and blue.
Ride Into Paradise xx
Rhon NationFrom the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Peninsula Branch our condolences to Kate’s family , friends and colleagues .
Kelly MaySincerest condolences to Senior Constable McLeod’s family, friends and work colleagues. May her memory be cherished, always.
Thank you for your service, and for the protection you afforded the public, Senior Constable McLeod, may your soul be at peace.
Grace ElizabethRIP Kate, my squady and roommate. Thinking of all of Kates family, friends and Gippsland brothers and sisters in blue
Chloe SpertiRip Kate McLeod, thoughts are with the east Gippsland police and the families, may she rest in peace now.
Brett DaelishKate, although I didn’t know you – You must have been a champion in life – so sad that you have left us tragically – I hope the tributes to you and your family reinforce why we have such a wonderful hard working Police force in Victoria. Rest in Peace.
Sharni FluitsmaSo sad to hear this news. Sincere condolences to Kate’s family and friends. It was a pleasure to have known you and worked with you when our path’s crossed. RIP.
Jaime HeveyRest in peace Kate, was great to get to know you over the summer holidays a few years back in Mallacoota. My thoughts are with your partner and family
Lynne Ashtonyou were a wonderful officer, you will be missd especially at the sale police station thank you for being so kind to my son who was a junior officer, you inspired him to be an even better police officer rest in peace kate love to you family and colleagues..the Richards and Ashton family of Sale
Rico ChetRest well my sister we will take it from here.
R.I.P. Condolences to your family.
Maree ShellyIt was a pleasure to know you Kate. You were highly respected by your ambo mates & bloody awesome at your job. RIP cheeky lady.
Christine Petrucelle GibbinsSo sorry to hear, i worked with kate a long time ago at the Y, she was a swimming instructor at the time and was well liked by all. Condolences to the family
Marcus ReidMy deepest sympathy to Lisa and family, Kate will be sadly missed, it was a pleasure to work with you all those years ago teaching swimming lessons for so many years… May your spirit fly free and proud knowing you changed so many lives and served your community well.. To your soul mate Lisa hold your memories close, may you find strength at this difficult time from your family and friends who are all here to support you… Rip Kate
Jo HurleyRIP Kate An amazing Police Officer!! Patience dignity and care for everyone around her at all times!!
Dale ThomasRip Kate. Such a sad loss. From the team at Doyle and shields. Our condolences to Lisa and families
Mel IshaRest in peace kate, I will miss your stories and your passion for the job. I am so lucky to have worked with you, thank you for passing on your knowledge. I will not forget the times we shared. Thoughts with Lisa and the family during this time xxx
Val JackmanVery sad to read of Kate’s tragic passing. I remember her as a popular PE teacher when we worked together at GC Bendigo may years ago. She was always great fun and very popular with staff and students alike. RIP Kate!! Sympathy to all family, friends and work colleagues..
Angela DmytrenkoThoughts and Prayers to Family, Friends and Colleagues. (proud to have Police in my Family).
Murray CouttsKate is such a lovely person; she was in my sister squad at the Academy. Thoughts for her family and colleagues….
Evelyn BuckleR.I.P CONSTABLE KATE McCleod thank you for your service with VICTORIAN Police & many thanks to your family for their sacrifices as well ….MAY both your familys remember you with fond & funny moments in time rather than tears & sadness….
Sam RobertsAlways tragic to lose one of our own (emergency service workers). RIP Kate, thank you for your service. Thinking of family, friends, work mates.
Valerie AdamsRIP knowing that you are thought of by many and that it is such a tragedy to die in such a way. Condolences to her family and colleagues.
Ka Chun TseWhat shocking news – my partner and I would like to acknowledge Kate as members of the general public whom she had helped when we were living at Bairnsdale.
April McKinnonSympathies to Kate’s family, friends & colleagues; Especially the emergency service personnel who attended the accident~ their worst fear when attending is to find one of their own. RIP
Lois McKenzieOur sincere condolences to Lisa. One half of the famous “bandits”, we still have quite a bit of your ingenious handywork to cross off the list and will think of you both with each new log. Our thoughts are with you.
Charlie ThredboMy condolences to Kate’s family and friends, and my admiration to all you police, including Kate, who do such a wonderful job shielding us from having to even have a comprehension of what you have to deal with. Some people don’t thank you for this. I do.
Margaret ByrneCondolences to your family from a former NSW Policewoman. RIP Kate. Margaret (Watts) Byrne.
Peter PhillipsEven as an ex East Gippsland member I feel for Kate’s family and friends “In the job”. So sorry to hear the sad news. Condolences to all.
Patrick GosstrayJust reading some tributes for Miss McLeod and how rememberable and sad they are so many happy and different memories you all had .. Left me speechless when I heard … Although I didn’t not know her but Miss McLeod was stationed in my town I would like to thank Miss McLeod for her services that she had done … Condolences to her partner, family, all work colleagues that she has worked with and to the Victorian Police Force From the Gosstray family
Kim EliseRIP Kate- a loyal and valued member of Squad 15, 2008. Thinking of her partner, family and colleagues out east at this very sad time Xx
Dave YoungCondolences to all in Eastern Region Division 6. RIP Kate
Shardai NotleyCannot believe I’m reading this!! I’m in complete shock :(( Thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues.. The world has lost such a beautiful person RIP Kate xx
Mathew BillsI would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by Kates death. I first met Kate when she was the Gay and Lesbian Liason Officer at Bairnsdale Police Station. She was the first one to offer me some comfort when I was a young teenager trying to come to terms with my sexuality. Whenever I would see her about town she would stop and ask if I was ok etc, even when she was off duty. She will be dearly missed. RIP Kate, I’ll miss you. All my Love….xxxx cry emoticoncry emoticon
Andrea SavageYou’ll be sorely missed Kate- thanks for stepping up for community- thoughts are with Lisa & Kate’s family
Inge DaunceyThis is so totally tragic. I was really fond of Kate and was so proud when she joined the job. Vale fine lady. The world is a poorer place.
Rama GardnerRIP Kate. .many memories of vegco days before you joined the job love and thoughts to family her partner and work mates
Ally HowardKate, I thought you were gorgeous. I’m so sorry you are gone. You were a shining light among us. Condolences & deepest sympathy to those who loved you most & who will miss you forever. Rest in Peace
Luke BelfordRest in peace kate. My thoughts go out to your partner and family. We had some laughable and some not so laughable moments over the past few years. Love and light.
Anthony GortasticVale Kate, I’m glad to have been on your first night shift all those years ago… and I’m sorry we almost broke your brain! I’ll miss you heaps.
Lisa GodenziYou always stayed strong in your beliefs even in the face of adversity. Our thin blue line got a little thinner yesterday. Thoughts are with her partner Lisa, family and friends. RIP. ?
Kirsty Lee HalseR.I.p Kate u will be missed . u were one of nicest police officer iv known n was so kind to me. Thoughts with her family n her work mates xx
Tamara LundChocking back tears as I find that it was you Kate, thankyou for lending a listening ear when I needed to talk, will miss seeing you around bairnsdale! RIP Beautiful lady, never be forgotten
Yvette FransWe will miss you Katie, you have been taken from us way to soon in a senseless way. Lisa will miss having you by her side
Dave N Sam GilesFarewell Kate you were a great copper and awesome to work with on jobs. We’ll miss you! Rest easy.
Kevin PowellSorry for your loss Kate you will be remembered with the honoured dead
Charles MachenKate, I know you struggled when you first came to Bairnsdale but you certainly shone. You put in more then most. It was a pleasure to have known you.
Steve AndersonNo words Kate. Just memories of long conversations you always ended, debates you always won, and most of all that true friendship we built from the ground up. I will miss you mate. Everyday.
Driver charged over police officer’s death
THE driver of the four wheel drive vehicle involved in the death of a Sale police officer on Wednesday is facing charges of culpable driving and dangerous driving causing death.
Patrick Mattu, 30, from Bairnsdale, faced an out of sessions hearing on Wednesday night in Bairnsdale and was remanded to front Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.
It is believed a four wheel drive vehicle was travelling east along the Princes Highway near Lindenow South when it and a motorcycle collided head-on about 7am.
The female rider of the motorcycle, whose name had not been released yesterday morning, died at the scene.
It is understood the 53-year-old Senior Constable was travelling to work in Sale and The Age reported that the driver of the four wheel drive was believed to be a Gippsland-based doctor.
The driver and his female passenger in the four wheel drive were not injured.
The Princes Highway was blocked in both directions, with traffic diverted at Bengworden Rd, as detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit examined the scene.
Police appeal for anyone with information about the collision to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.