Cpt. Larry Micari, Lt. Harold Liles, Jr., and Lt. Al Galafate joined other staff at the Pixley Substation Friday to wish "Happy Birthday" to one of our finest.
Joe Bailey, pictured center, a dedicated Volunteer in Patrol out of the Pixley Substation, recently turned 81. Before he was a volunteer, he served 36 years as a Reserve Deputy for the Tulare County Sheriff's Office.
For close to 50 years, he has served Tulare County, said Cpt. Larry Micari. He remembers earlier in his own career going down to the Pixley Substation when Joe Bailey was on duty.
"That station was under control," Cpt. Micari said.
Sometime in the late 1990s, Bailey transitioned to the Volunteers on Patrol. In a marked unit and volunteer uniform, he patrols business properties and dairies and farms.
"We are the eyes and ears for the Sheriff's Office," he said.
Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said he is very grateful to Bailey for his dedication to the department and to the communities in the southern part of Tulare County.
Before Bailey retired, he was also an on-call fireman for the Tulare County Fire Department. He often wore his fireman shirt underneath his deputy uniform, in case his other skills were needed.
At his birthday party Friday, Lt. Al Galafate remembered responding with him to a traffic accident. It was a hectic scene and after a few minutes, Lt. Galafate said he lost sight of Bailey.
Then he noticed him by his vehicle. He was taking off his shirt to uncover his other uniform. Next, he grabbed a hose and put out the car fire.
"He was like Superman," he said. #tcso #tularecounty #tularecountysheriff #pixley #tularecountyfiredept