aA deaf Waltham mail carrier who has never let his disability stop him from accomplishing his goals was recognized by the city for coming to the aid of an injured senior citizen.
On Jan. 30, Brandon Bailey, 28, was delivering mail on his route when he found a man lying injured near the sidewalk on Parmenter Road.
Moe Godin, 84, had been leaving a friend’s house when he fell while walking out to his car.
I didn’t notice there was about a three-inch drop so the sidewalk, and I just flew. Landed on my knee and that was it,” Godin told Boston 25 News from his rehab Monday. “I was in such pain. I saw him on his cell phone… He had Facebook or FaceTime, whatever. He called the ambulance.”
Although Bailey knew he could dial 911, he thought the quicker option would be to call his father, Waltham Police Officer Jon Bailey, who is the elder affairs officer for the city.
“I had to help him. He was in a lot of pain. So I had to call my dad,” said Bailey, who has cochlear implants to help him hear. “The reason why I called him – I FaceTimed him – so I can understand him, reading his lips.”
Officer Bailey was able to get a look at Godin and radioed for help. An ambulance arrived as the young mail carrier stayed by Godin’s side, keeping him stable and supported.
Godin had shattered his artificial knee and torn tendons. He underwent surgery and was transferred to a Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center in Brighton, where he continues to recover. He and his family expressed their gratitude for Bailey’s actions.
“I think, if I would’ve kept trying to get up, I might’ve done even more damage,” Godin said. “I’m very grateful that he did what he did and he is who he is.”
Last month, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy presented an official proclamation to Bailey for his “keen intuition and swift response while coming to the aid of an injured resident.”
“I’m really glad that he’s doing okay,” Bailey said, humble about the honor.
But Bailey’s deed is merely shining a spotlight on his many other accomplishments.
He created the YouTube page, “Deaf Car Guy,” which has more than 1,400 subscribers. On his page, Bailey creates videos of cars and narrates with American Sign Language. It’s a passion he was told not to pursue when he was younger.
“A person said to me that, ‘I know you love cars, but unfortunately you won’t be able to drive a car, because you’re deaf,’” Bailey said. “I was like, ‘I don’t believe you. Then when I grew up, I got a driver’s license. Then I got a first car.
Bullied as a kid, Bailey only rose above the negativity. Told he couldn’t play football, he participated in middle and high school. Instructed not to bother applying to art school, he applied, attended and graduated Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is determined to make his dream come true of becoming a professional artist and designer.
“I just want to prove them wrong,” Bailey said of all his accomplishments. “I just want to show them what deaf (people) can do.”