Thomas C. Borden, the first mounted officer of the department, lost his life at the hands of a burglar on the night of March 17, 1912. Returning from church services with Mrs. Borden, Tom surprised a burglar in the act of robbing his residence, and, unarmed, bravely attempted his capture. The burglar, using Borden’s revolver which he had stolen from the house, fired two shots, both taking effect in Borden’s body. Tom passed away about two hours later, and the greatest man-hunt in the history of the City of Long Beach was on. The killer was identified but never apprehended.