Serving with the OPP
Saturday October 28, 1978
Constable Patterson was in pursuit of a vehicle northbound on Dufferin St., north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the Town of Vaughan, Regional Municipality of York. The vehicle he was chasing stopped just over a hill and was abandoned. The officer broke over the hill and while attempting to avoid the stopped vehicle, he lost control of the cruiser and went into the east ditch, rolling over. He was found unconscious and died of his injuries.