Students praise teacher turned cop hit by motorcycle
BEFORE joining the police service, Len Elliott was a "firm but fair" teacher, garnering the utmost respect from his students.
The senior constable, who sustained serious injuries and had his right leg amputated as a result of an RBT incident on Friday night, started his teaching career in 1993.
He worked in Kalkadoon near Mount Isa before relocating to Maleny State High School. In January, 2003, he took a position as a computer studies teacher at Kawana Waters State College.
College computer and maths teacher Peter Tanner taught alongside Mr Elliott and said he was well respected by staff and students.
"Len taught IPT (information processes and technology) and computer studies and he also helped out with my football team. He managed the rugby league football team," Mr Tanner said.
"He was a firm but fair disciplinarian and the kids liked him because of the manner he portrayed in that regard. They knew where they stood."
Mr Tanner said these traits put Mr Elliott in good stead when he left teaching to join the police service in March, 2005.
Senior Constable Elliott is stationed at Beerwah Police Station as a general duties police officer.
On Friday night, he was conducting random breath testing along Steve Irwin Way at Beerwah when he was hit by a motorcyclist.
He was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital where a spokeswoman said he remained in a stable condition yesterday.
Since news broke of the accident, the Kawana Waters State College community has expressed concern for Snr Const Elliott.
"We wish him and his family all the very best and we all hope he pulls through and recovers as best as possible," school principal Paul Williamson said.
Snr Const Elliott's former students also took to social media to talk about what a "top bloke" he was.
Chris Lumsden was in his computer studies class in 2003.
"He was a good teacher and was always willing to help out any students that were having any troubles with what he was teaching," he said.
"I only had him as my teacher for a year but I did enjoy my time in his class."