Meanwhile, her son Lieutenant Timothy Elphick was also putting on his green uniform ahead of his deployment as part of the Australian Defence Force’s Operation Flood Assist.
Karen was posted to Wollongbar Base Camp. Our volunteers were also sent to Casino & District Memorial Hospital, Chinderah Recovery Centre, Mullumbimby Recover Centre and Lismore to help support St John NSW on the ground.
Lieutanant Elphick, who deferred paramedic studies to serve in the Army Reserves, was nearby in Lismore. Before commencing her first shift, Karen found where her son was located and popped in to say hello. “I had never seen him working while in uniform and being in the same location for flood assist was a great opportunity. As any parent will tell you, I am proud of his work.”