Tributes for 'hell of a soldier' killed in road tragedy
A FORMER Toowoomba man killed in South Australia is being remembered as a young soldier with a brave heart.
Les Madden, 24, was visiting family in Adelaide when he was hit by a car about 2am on Friday, December 28.
Days earlier, the former boxer and Australian Army infantryman had stopped in Toowoomba to catch up with his sporting family.
Smithy's Gym owner Brendon Smith recalled a young man who, as a 15-year-old, called into the Anzac Ave outfit and started boxing training.
"He was a hell of a nice young man, a real hard worker," Mr Smith said.
"He only just dropped back in and said 'G'day' and Merry Christmas a couple of days before he passed."
Mr Madden did the rounds on the amateur boxing circuit where he earned a reputation as a team player and supporter of his professional counterparts.
Through connections from his boxing family, Mr Madden earned his trade as a boilermaker before moving to Townsville and joining the army just over three years ago.
"He was as good as they come, with such a good heart," Mr Smith said.
"It was so good to see Les.
"There wouldn't be any better bloke that you'd want on the front lines than Les Madden."
Mr Madden's funeral will be held in Toowoomba.
A South Australia police spokeswoman said investigations into his death were ongoing.