Officer Donald Gene Bookbinder

Officer Donald Gene Bookbinder

Surprise Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, November 28, 1992

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Donald Gene Bookbinder

Officer Donald Bookbinder was killed when his patrol car was struck by a train at an unguarded crossing at N.W. Grand Avenue and N. Sunny Lane.

Officer Bookbinder had served with the agency for 16 years. He is survived by his two children, his parents, and his brother.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 716

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

train crash

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I worked with Don Bookbinder from 1989 until his death in 1992. I was pregnant at the time, and he was very excited when he found out I was carrying a baby boy. I was told AFTER his death that Don had been so worried, because he was afraid that the baby's father wasn't going "to do the right thing," (he didn't), and so he was planning on stepping in and being a Daddy to my son. He never got the chance. I would have loved for my son to have met Don. My son was born the following April. I occasionally visit Don's grave, but it's so hard. RIP Bravo 16. You were one helluva good guy!

Elizabeth Compton, 911 operator/dispatch
Youngtown Police Department

June 28, 2020

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