“Some time in the 1980s Garrity and I were in a foot pursuit in the Tenderloin…Suddenly the suspect bolts into St. Boniface Church with Garrity and I right behind him. John Joseph, the good Catholic boy he is, abruptly stops at the holy water basin, blesses himself, and then recommits to the pursuit. We got the guy.” [Chron/Nevius]

Police Capt. Joe Garrity’s promotion to commander means he’s leaving the Tenderloin, inspiring many a nostalgic tale.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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