A POLICEMAN killed in a farming accident has been remembered as a dedicated officer and talented footballer, who lived for his adoring sons.
Leading Senior Constable Daniel Sage, 35, was slashing a paddock at his family's property at Kilmore, north of Melbourne, last Wednesday when the tractor struck a tree.
Senior Constable Sage, who was two weeks short of celebrating his birthday, leaves behind wife Sarah and two boys, Elijah, 6, and Cohen, 4.
Detective Senior Constable Donna Sage said her brother loved the country lifestyle and moved to the Kilmore farm about a year-and-a-half ago.
"He wanted to set up a life for his family and his two little boys,'' she said.
"He just loved his life and loved his family and his friends.
"He was the happiest when he was with the boys - they idolised their dad.
"They did everything with him."
Sen-Constable Sage - whose cousins also work with Victoria Police - joined the force 15 years ago.
He was stationed at Mill Park, Seymour, St Kilda Rd and Wallan where he served during Black Saturday.
He was currently a crime scene officer at Mill Park.
Brother-in-law Hayden Lamaro said Sen-Constable Sage was well known in footy circles for his
prodigious left foot - on several occasions representing the Swans Reserves and Essendon Reserves.
He played junior football at St Damians JFC.
In senior football he played for TAC Cup team Northern Knights, Montmorency, Euroa, Craigieburn, Mernda, Old Paradians, Violet Town, Whittlesea, captained his former school's side Parade College to a premiership in the Herald Sun cup and represented the Victoria Police Football Club at interstate carnivals for many years.
Mr Lamaro, who coached and played with his brother-in-law, said he famously kicked 10 goals in a single game having argued for a call-up to full-forward.
"He had a unique way of finding the footy,'' Mr Lamaro said.
"Every footy club he went to he had a massive impact on-field and making long life friends not only within the club but also opposition.
"He always delivered with his impeccable skills."
Colleague and friend Detective Sgt Matt Kershaw said Sen-Constable Sage - known as Sagey - had an "infectious larrikin attitude" which lifted everyone's spirits.
"Sagey was a family man, a great mate, talented footballer and a police officer who served his community well,'' he said.
"But most of all he was a great and genuine person.
"We will ensure Daniel's legacy lives on and his sons grow up knowing their dad was a legend and special to so many people."
Sen-Constable Sage's brother Carl Saturday evening welcomed a son Louis Daniel named in memory of his brother.
A funeral will be held at St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore on Friday.
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