He was easy to talk to, he served his country and he served his community, a longtime colleague of Senior Deputy Pat Dailey said during services for the fallen deputy Wednesday.
"The first time I met him, he pepper sprayed me," Sgt. Patrick Vetrone of the Harford County Sheriff's Office court services division.
Vetrone went on to explain that the pepper spray incident happened in the academy and the two went on to form a good relationship.
Dailey was killed in the line of duty in Abingdon last week. He was working in the same division as Vetrone at the time of his death.
"He took a lot of pride in his job," Vetrone said. "I once asked him why he wore all of those medals that he wore he told me that, in that special Pat way of speaking – and if you knew he loved air quotes – he would say 'oh no, I'd earned every one of these and I want people to know it doesn't matter what unit we work in, what assignment we have, that some of us bust our backsides doing this job and people should know it.' I couldn't agree more."
Vetrone said above all, Dailey had honor.
"I would like to say to Pat, I know wherever you are, I'm sure you're letting know whoever's in charge what's expected of them and how to do it best. We'll take care of the rest down here," he said.