Harry C. Bilms led a rather broad & historic career rising through the ranks to Lieutenant. On September 26, 1927 while on patrol effected the arrest of the infamous "black & white" robbery team, (the team was wanted in connection with over ONE HUNDRED armed robberies). While attempting to effect the arrest one of the perpetrators pulled a loaded revolver, (with the hammer in "cocked" position) after a violent struggle he was disarmed. The second perpetrator was also found to be armed with a loaded .45 cal automatic. The arrest earned him the promotion to the prestigious rank of Detective 1st Grade. Once again he distinguished himself on April 23, 1933, while off duty then Sergeant Bilms observed two armed suspects in the process of robbing forty patrons inside of a restaurant. Without hesitation he entered the premise and in a hail of gunfire he felled both perpetrators foiling the robbery. This act of valor earned him the departments newest medal the Combat Cross, (making him the very 1st recipient).