Officer Don Eugene Bacon

Officer Don Eugene Bacon

Gardena Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 2, 1956

Add to My Heroes

Don Eugene Bacon

Officer Done Bacon was killed when his patrol car was rear-ended by a drunk driver at the intersection of Compton Boulevard (modern day Gardena Boulevard) and Western Avenue.

Officer Bacon was riding in the rear seat of the patrol car at the time it was struck. The drunk driver who caused the accident was convicted of charges as a result of the incident.

Bio

  • Age 21
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Convicted

Most Recent Reflection

View all 17 Reflections

ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW YOU AT A PERSONAL LEVEL OFFICER DON EUGENE BACON I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICE THAT YOU MADE TO PROTECT OTHERS. KNOWING THAT YOU WERE KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER REALLY HITS ME AT A CLOSE LEVEL BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN IN TWO ACCIDENTS IN WHICH A DRUNK DRIVER CRASHED INTO MY FATHER AND ME . LUCKILY MY FATHER AND I SURVIVED BOTH OF THESE ACCIDENTS AND KNOWING THAT OFFICER BACON WAS KILLED BY THIS MAKES ME VERY UPSET TO HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS. ALSO KNOWING THAT OFFICER BACON WAS ONLY 21 AFFECTED ME GREATLY SINCE I'M ONLY 23 YEARS OLD AND WE WEREN'T VERY DIFFERENT IN OUR AGES. KNOWING THAT YOUR LIFE COULD END IN A MATTER OF SECONDS NO MATTER HOW OLD OR YOUNG YOU ARE IS A VERY BIG EYE OPENER FOR ME.
AS A RECRUIT GOING THROUGH THE LA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ACADEMY I WAS LOOKING AT THE LA COUNTY MEMORIAL WALL ON OUR GRINDER AND I WAS ABLE TO SEE OFFICER BACON'S NAME VERY EASILY FROM WHERE I WAS STANDING. SEEING HIS NAME ON THERE MADE MY HEART FEEL HEAVY BECAUSE THIS WAS A MAN THAT WAS WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TOOK TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTY. HE SADLY HAD TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. SEEING HIS NAME I KNEW I HAD TO SEARCH UP HIS NAME AND FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS HERO. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS DONE AND AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO SUDDENLY LOST HIM ALL BECAUSE OF A DRUNK DRIVER.

PALIAKARA
LASD RECRUIT

April 4, 2019

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.