Allentown: “I do good no one remembers, I make a mistake no one forgets,” is purported to be an old Pennsylvania Dutch saying, however this did not hold true for Staff Sgt. Patrick Bailey, from the Allentown Recruiting Center.
On March 20, Bailey was in attendance supporting the Community Covenant signing in Allentown when, from across the room he was approached by Deborah McKnight. “Sgt. Bailey, Sgt. Bailey is that you? Yes, I thought it was!” A smile spread across her face as she neared Bailey. “May I speak with you for a few moments? I want to tell you all about Jeff.” Bailey smiled and extended his hand to greet her at which point McKnight hugged him. “I’ll just borrow him for a couple of minutes,” she said to Sgt 1st Class Edward Ortiz, his station commander and Company Commander Megan Mechan, “Sgt. Bailey did so much for our family and our son, and it is wonderful to see him.”
Lt. Col. Erik Walker, commanding officer of the ROTC unit at Lehigh University who was also at the table commented “This just goes to show how much of an impact one good Soldier can make in a community.”
Ortiz stated “Recruiting places Soldiers in a fishbowl with everyone looking at what you do. When a recruiter does the job with enthusiasm and does it well, it can really make a difference, one person at a time.”