After Pat Patton rose to accept the role of police chief after Chief Brandon retired in 1948, Tracy found himself missing a partner. So on New Year’s Day of 1949 he got one, Sam Catchem. Sam was originally from Boston and just like Patton, he was used for comic relief at first. A Jewish detective, his trademark exclamation was “Oi yi!” Sam’s first case was investigating old flame Sleet. Sam was nearly killed in a botched attempt to spy on his former sweetheart, but he recovered and was able to aid Tracy in her capture. Sam now serves as Tracy’s right-hand man as he has since the 1950’s and it doesn’t look like things are going to change any time soon.