Letter from officer who lost leg after being hit at RBT site
A BEERWAH police officer who lost his right leg after being hit at an RBT site on Good Friday has released a statement thanking the public, the police and those who came to his aid for their support.
Senior Constable Len Elliott was struck by a motorcycle while on duty on Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah.
This is Sen Const Elliott's statement:
My name is Senior Constable Len Elliott of Beerwah Police Station.
I was involved in a traffic incident on the evening Good Friday that resulted in the amputation of my right leg.
I would like to thank many people including:
Members of the public for all the messages of support, cards, flowers and gifts.
My colleagues from Beerwah Station including my Officer in Charge Bruce Duck. I want to pay special thanks to Darren Tonkins and Conan Sawyer who were the first officers on the scene and my valued workmates. They gave me the initial care I needed and kept on supporting and encouraging me until medical help arrived.
The police community as a whole for all their support and encouragement. I have had regular visitors to the hospital and have been encouraged with jokes, laughter and Lindt chocolate. It is amazing how from the Commissioner down, the police family comes together to support one of their own when you are faced with hardship. They have also been very supportive of my family.
All of the Queensland Ambulance Service and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital staff who have been wonderful and supportive and I am progressing well as a result of their care and attention. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for me.
Can I deliver a timely reminder to everyone on the road. You need to adhere to the road rules and drive to the conditions of the road. When getting behind the wheel of a vehicle you have to expect the unexpected and please, just have courtesy to everyone on the road.
I also want to pay special thanks to my extended family, who have helped my beautiful wife Janine and I in countless ways during the past two weeks.
Finally, I want to thank my beautiful wife Janine and my three beautiful boys, Hayden, Kurt and Myles for their love and support during this challenging time in my life.