Robert Holian - VPL Cheque

Family members of former Hobsons Bay Sergeant Phillip Holian have thanked Victoria Police and Victoria Police Legacy for their ongoing support following his death from cancer in February this year.

Mr Holian, who was 53 years old when he died, served with Victoria Police for 34 years before retiring because of his illness in December 2010.

 He led Hobsons Bay Traffic Management Unit for five years and was a key instigator in local road safety campaigns.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay presented Mr Holian’s son Robert with a $550 cheque on behalf of Victoria Police Legacy on Monday, 20 August.

Victoria Police Legacy provides support and services to the families of police who have died. It also provides support and services to serving or retired members who have lost family members.

The cheque was given to Robert for his 21st birthday.

The presentation ceremony was also attended by Robert’s mother Paula, his sister Laura and his grandmother Cecilia.

Robert said he was grateful for the assistance his family received during a difficult period.

Speaking at her son’s presentation, Mrs Holian said her husband was deeply moved when CCP Lay visited him in December last year.

“Mr Lay came to our home and we had a lovely afternoon tea and the gesture really lifted my husband’s spirits,” Mrs Holian said. “Mr Lay had been head of traffic before being appointed Chief Commissioner. Phillip had known him from traffic meetings and was really impressed by him so he felt proud that Mr Lay came and spent time with him.”

Mr Holian was awarded the National Police Service Medal in January.

He was presented with the award by Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright and Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana at his bedside.

He was one of the first living recipients of the award.


Article by Anthony Loncaric

Reproduced by kind permission of Victoria Police