The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 7, 2013

Enid officer dies at his home Saturday

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department Sgt. Rick Tanner died Saturday afternoon after being found unresponsive at his home.

Service for Richard Allan "Rick" Tanner

Chief Brian O’Rourke called the loss of the 16-year veteran of the force a loss for the department and the community.

Responders answered a 1:19 p.m. emergency call at Tanner’s home, transporting him to Integris Bass Baptist Hospital.

“Heroic efforts from the Enid Fire Department, Life EMS and other responders at the scene and further efforts at Bass were unsuccessful,” he said. “The police department lost a co-worker and good friend.”

Tanner served an a police officer, Narcotics Unit detective and sergeants, as was last assigned as a sergeant for the Patrol Division on the C, or night, shift.

“Rick was a guy who really cared,” O’Rourke said. “He cared about his career, he cared about his town, he cared about taking care of the community.”

Tanner was a member of Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers and was known across the state for his investigations into the distribution, sale, and use of narcotics.

“When he was in narcotics he had a special talent for arresting drug dealers,” O’Rourke said. “He was a very good officer and will be greatly missed.”

The family is requesting privacy as they deal with this tragedy.