Monday, April 15, 2013

SCCN Founder Retires

Not sure how many people reading here remember the old "Second City Coppers Network" bulletin board. It was the precursor to the blog and we have stated here and elsewhere to being partly inspired by SCCN.

It was something completely new and the Department bosses were blindsided by its popularity. SCCN was the natural progression of numerous underground newsletters like The Gallows, but able to reach everyone in an instant. We don't recall the exact years of operation, but it was shutdown after an amazing run.

We were informed the person who ran it retired this past week, and while we never worked with him directly, we did meet on a few occasions (though he never knew it).

We just wanted to wish him a long and healthy retirement at this juncture. We don't think he ever sought notoriety, so we'll refrain from posting his name here, as well as in the comment section. Generic congratulations will be posted - you can use his first initial if you like. Full names and initials won't be posted.



Anonymous Sir Donkey Ten said...

He was The Real Police, and never forgot his roots. A sharp guy, who's wisdom will be missed on this job.

I hope you collect MANY MANY pension checks and enjoy your retirement, you earned it! Thanks for everything!

4/15/2013 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the last cop"s cops. You've been a great policeman and truly one of the last of the solid.

Bigger and better things, my friend!!

4/15/2013 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you.

4/15/2013 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Doc enjoy yiur days that was some pretty good stuff back in the day.

4/15/2013 12:44:00 AM  
Anonymous FTO Bob 025 said...

My Friend I wish you a happy healthy and relaxing retirement. Best of luck.

4/15/2013 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and aday said...

I used to love reading the Gallows.

Good job whoever you are

4/15/2013 01:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy retirement B!

4/15/2013 03:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations buddy!!

You can finally get some sleep!!

4/15/2013 03:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gallows was a riot. Many good laughs!

4/15/2013 03:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you haven't seen it already

4/15/2013 04:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy retirement B. You have always been a class act.

4/15/2013 05:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be missed in Donkey City...congrats

4/15/2013 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be because it is an Indian burial ground? Historically, 025 has been the catalyst in spawning daring officers who challenged the broken and corrupt CPD system.

In retrospect, perhaps that obnoxious idiot Curtin was a godsend. He put the fire in the bellies of the troops at Grand Central. 025 should be known as FORT REBELLION.

Ain't No Pity In Donkey City!

4/15/2013 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a better person for having known you, B.

Time to enjoy your guitar!


4/15/2013 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were in the same home room in the academy.Definitely a sharp guy.Congratulations!

4/15/2013 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Curtin said; Where is that guy, he made me soil my pants!

4/15/2013 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your retirement , we enjoyed reading the Gallows .

4/15/2013 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT:Join the NRA,LIFE membership $300.

4/15/2013 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, you created a quantum shift in policing knowledge

4/15/2013 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not enough kind words to say about him. Loyal, true friend, generous and a great police officer. One of the nicest people I've ever met on this job and in life. You now have all the time in the world to be you and play guitar.

4/15/2013 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...


A happy retirement to a true visionary. I would be remiss if I didn't extend credit to your already retired First Amendment predecessors at the GALLOWS [LB, JS, RD and SL].

Like our beloved SCC, you guys rock!

4/15/2013 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...


4/15/2013 10:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Private Hook said...

A great man that was very helpful behind the scenes when it came to looking out for the blue shirts. He took care of a lot of people that probably didnt even know it which speaks volumes for his character.....doing the standup thing when he didnt have to, without expecting any recognition or thanks. Sucks he retired for the rest of us since we are losing one of the few good bosses but he definetly deserves a long and happy retirement. Enjoy it my good man!

4/15/2013 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
If you haven't seen it already

4/15/2013 04:50:00 AM

Imagine that the political hack Shields family getting taken care of as usual by the Cook County Democratic Machine.

General Iron spokesman Denis Culloton is another huge Machine political hack. He was Governor George "Machine Corruption" Ryan's press spokesperson.

4/15/2013 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though I am dead, I am still looking for this mother fucker.

Joe "From Beyond The" Curtin

4/15/2013 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always looked out for everyone. B your advice was great. I live by it everyday. I'm glad your healthy and happy. Enjoy your retirement. I'll see you around the gym buddy.

4/15/2013 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck 'B' ALL THE BEST.Thanks for all you've done it was and is sorely needed.

4/15/2013 11:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though I am dead, I am still looking to bust the author of The Gallows. I would have lived longer if it wasn't for him and his fucking rag.

Joe "From Beyond The" Curtin

4/15/2013 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for starting it all. Enjoy your retirement. Live long and prosper in good health.

4/15/2013 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOP forced him off the Internet.

4/15/2013 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it were not for Joey (Ho, Ho, Ho) Curtin, there would not have been a Gallows.

Enjoy retirement.

4/15/2013 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Mikey Shields going to run for Alderman now dodging a potential indictment?

4/15/2013 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.- Did I miss it? Anyone talking about the exempts being forced to retire or else? Word is the Burger Queen, J.P. and some other high ranking bosses leaving. And there is rumor that Carothers, that's A.C. not I.C., is singing big time and may have something to do with the "retirements?"

4/15/2013 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now I'm starting to feel old, I remember when you were a young buck. Congrats and enjoy retirement, you'll only be sad for a week or two then after that you'll be glad not going to work anymore.

4/15/2013 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

B your father and his friends are all proud of you. Congratulations and the best that life can offer you. T

4/15/2013 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your retirement brother.
All the best to you in the future.
Thanks, as well, for the inspiration for this, (ah-hem) 'insignificant blog.'
"You've come a long way baby!"

4/15/2013 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the grave, a meritorious nomination to your next rank for the first person to tell me the identity of the author of The Gallows! You have my word! Honest.

Joe Curtin
Worth, IL.

4/15/2013 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your service and inspiring my favorite blogger. It keeps me up to date on what is really happening in the city I love.

-Not a Cop but a faithful reader

4/15/2013 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One last issue...One last issue...

We need the final issue, we can have coppers sell them like the street wise vendors.

The Gallows were so funny and it made a coppers day.

4/15/2013 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Afternoon blue shirt in 025 said...

Thanks sarge, u were always helpful to blue shirts with questions.

4/15/2013 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Gallows Reporter 2 said...

Anonymous said...
Even though I am dead, I am still looking to bust the author of The Gallows. I would have lived longer if it wasn't for him and his fucking rag.

Joe "From Beyond The" Curtin

4/15/2013 11:33:00 AM

Hey Joe, all you have to do to find me is look up from your place in HELL - I been pissing on your grave since they put you in it.

Your buddy at the Gallows II !

HO HO HO...... Thirty Days!

You thought you were so smart but couldn't find me or your ass with either hand!

For those who want to know Joe is sucking worms at:

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
6001 W 111th St
Alsip, IL 60803-6072

Section 37 Block 1 Lot 55 Grave 16

The following GPS coordinates are good to within 15ft.

Grave is right next to the road with a Fitzpatrick tombstone behind it, a Paul to the left and a Clukaj to the right.

Quite easy to find – hard to miss!

Latitude: +41o 41' 235" read as 41 degrees, 41 minutes, 235 seconds North latitude

Longitude: -87o 45' 767" read as 87 degrees, 45 minutes, 767 seconds West longitude

4/15/2013 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sir Donkey says enjoy your retirement

The gallows
Cock talk
The Sofere watch
World Cup soccer
Lot parties
Slappy Moore

On and on and on..... Those were the best of days. Enjoy!Never forget!!

4/15/2013 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when he and J.F. Pulled into the back lot, opened the back car door and a four legged rat jumped out. It was stomped to death by the men. Still pissing my pants.

4/15/2013 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still have a "Joe Buck." Are they worth more then a dollar? In Joe we Trust.

4/15/2013 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Historically, 025 has been the catalyst in spawning daring officers who challenged the broken and corrupt CPD system.

and tell me exactly what they accomplished besides making themselves look like idiots? Nothing

4/15/2013 10:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way of real policing is a thing of the past. I am proud to have been able to experience and learn from those midnight days. You are truly a dying breed and I am proud to have worked with you and for you. Enjoy the days ahead you deserve every moment of them.!

4/16/2013 02:29:00 AM  

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