Officer Meets Unfortunate End at Jaws and Claws of Lions
By Ken K. Gourdin
Salt Lake Tribune columnist, former police officer, and Utah Law Enforcement Memorial historian Robert Kirby, who researches Utah history in search of forgotten fallen officers whose sacrifices have yet to be recognized properly, tells the tragic story of Salt Lake City Special Officer Rollin R. Tanner. Following his triumphant nonstop air journey across the Atlantic, daring, pioneering pilot Charles Lindbergh made appearances nationwide, including at Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park, where the city’s zoo was located at the time.
I commented as follows:
I’m sorry for the officer’s loss. As the son of a career law enforcement officer, I know what it is to pray for a loved one’s safe return when he left for work each morning, afternoon, or night. That said, I don’t care how nice the kitty is (most of the time), or who has petted him or how many times he has done so without incident: I ain’t pettin’ no lions … ever. (At least, not before Isaiah 11:6 comes to pass.)
Speaking of the prophesied end of enmity between beasts and between man and beast which will obtain when Jesus Christ returns, Isaiah 11:6 in the Holy Bible reads, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”