“He loved going to work, it was his home away from home … [his colleagues] were his mates, part of his family.”
Senior Constable King’s family have described him as a “caring, considerate, gentle and kind-hearted person” and a “big softie who would do anything for absolutely anyone”.
“He’d always be there. That was who Kevin was and so much more,” they said.
Senior Constable King was a lifelong Tigers fan, a passion which he passed on to his sons, who he loved to get outside and kick a footy with.
He was also passionate about sport and fitness, working for a time as a personal trainer, his family said.
“He loved music, particularly his guitar. He’d be strumming on the guitar at every opportunity; he’d often go outside with his coffee and the guitar in the sunshine,” his family said.
“We gifted Kevin a long-awaited guitar amplifier for his 50th birthday in February this year to keep feeding that passion, despite the fear that our family room would turn into a music studio!”
He loved cooking and good food – particularly Italian – and his specialties were his pasta dishes and minestrone soup.
His partner, Sharron, said there was a lot her boys would miss about their dad.
“Not least going to the football with him, kicking the footy, or just joking with him and listening to his slightly daggy dad jokes,” she said.
“Kevin was from a very close-knit family and this is such a devastating shock for all of us. Our hearts are so broken.
“From the perspective of being Kevin’s partner, my heart is in pieces; I’m totally devastated. My beautiful man, my life, my rock and my only love for 35 years is gone and life will never be the same,” she said.
New recruits Constable Josh Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris were killed alongside their senior colleagues Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor and Senior Constable King.
Senior Constable King’s family thanked Victoria Police and the wider community for their overwhelming support.
“We feel great empathy for the families and friends of Joshua, Glen and Lynette who are going through this with us,” they said.
The officers were in the emergency lane of the Eastern Freeway, preparing to impound a black Porsche, when a semi-trailer ploughed into them about 5.40pm on Wednesday.
Simone is a crime reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Age, and before that for The Australian in Melbourne.