Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Don Eugene Bacon

Gardena Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 2, 1956

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Reflections for Officer Don Eugene Bacon

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

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

September 2, 2018

On the night Don Bacon was killed, Labor day 1956, ofcr Dan Thomson and I were working at the old Hitching Post when we heard about the accident, we went to Gardena Police Station and took the officers involved place for the rest of the evening , they were Ofcr. Bob Mohn, Dave Stukey who were injured and Reserve Officer Don Bacon who was killed

Darrel E. Beatty
Gardena Police Dept Lieutenant retired

February 27, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 5, 2015

I didn't know Officer Bacon but I knew about his sacrifice. I went through a full police academy in 1973 and worked for the City of Gardena as a reserve police officer to start my career in Law Enforcement. In my 20+ years I have heard of way to many GREAT Law Enforcement officers given the utmost sacrifice. Even through I haven't been back to GPD in years I do consider every one in that GREAT Dept. my BROTHERS & SISTERS. I'm now 62 years old and still hurt when I hear of an officer down. Officer Bacon paved the way for people like myself and for that I will always remember his sacrifice. God Bless all our men & women in law enforcement.

Robert Lee Retired IOD
Gardena PD & LA County

March 15, 2015

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 22, 2014

Don was my dear brother and best friend. Drunks who drink and drive, have no idea what they steal from the family and friends of the ones they kill. I miss him to this day. We all suffer the loss of this fine young man.
The world would have better place with him in it!

Sharon Potter
Sister

January 27, 2014

RIP Officer Bacon.

Constable Joseph Bacon
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

July 1, 2013

You will never be forgotten.

Chief Troy Bacon
Frankfort Police Department, IN

May 16, 2012

11 Sep 2011

Master Corporal Vince Bacon
Canadian Army Military Police

September 11, 2011

Rest in Peace, Officer Bacon. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 53rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 2, 2009

My name is Ed and I am currently in the police academy for the Gardena Police Department. One of my required assignments for the academy is to do a presentation on the life of Officer Bacon. I would like to represent him in the most accurate manner. If anyone can offer any information on Officer Bacon and or insight on his life, please contact me through the department.

Police Recruit
Gardena Police

February 23, 2007

I was born within a few hours of Ofc. Bacon losing his life. My thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, friends and fellow officers.

Sgt Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

January 13, 2007

It is an honor to be related to this man, taken way too soon....I know how he touched the family, and how the tragedy of his passing has affected everybody....I wasn't even born then, but I think of him often....Gardena has a nice picture on their website. Take care, all.... Mike (Helen's grandson, Hazel's (Don's Mom) great nephew.....)

October 21, 2005

With sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Police Officer Don Eugene Bacon. I did not know Officer Bacon, but am a very good friend of his cousin Jackie.

This past, May 2003 my husband and I attended the National Police Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. It was an honor for us to pay tribute and respect to Officer Bacon as we searched his name on the National Wall.

Sincerely,
Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of
Deputy Sheriff
Morris Lyn Taylor (Roseburg, Oregon)
EOW 9-14-02

December 22, 2003

This is a note from my cousin, to me.. I was named after my Uncle.

Dawn,

You are welcome, honey. I'm so glad I decided to forward that to your mother. Your dear uncle was so handsome and he passed away when I was only 15. His was the first wedding at the age of (14) I had ever attended........and, his was the first funeral I had ever attended. I'll never forget the EXTREME SADNESS it left in my heart and mind. I used to take my favorite roses to Donny when I lived up in Hawthorne.

Take care, I hope you are well

Love,
cousin, Jackie

Dawn Fairbrother
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