Police Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Police Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Harriman Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 2004

Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Officer Matt Rittenhouse was killed in an automobile accident when his patrol car went out of control shortly before midnight.

It is believed that severe weather and rain-slicked roads, the result of Hurricane Ivan, contributed to the accident.

Officer Rittenhouse had served with the Harriman Police Department for three years and had previously served with the Roane County Sheriff's Department for two years. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 920

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Our small town lost an officer last Friday: 26 years old, his wife delivered their 2nd baby boy yesterday. He had his whole life ahead of him. I've been reading messages his friends have written to him. He was a good fella who grew up in a small town, the one who knew how to make everybody laugh, who was always up for doing something crazy, he loved to drive around and listen to good music, he loved with his whole heart, he loved being a police officer, and most of all he loved his family. Being in such a small town, I had seen Officer Maddox around some, always with a smile on his face. Everything I read about him reminds me of you. Our small town has been so quiet this week. Church on Sunday was so somber, and every trip out it feels like we all have lost one of our own. I never thought about it, but I guess that's how it must have been in Harriman. Monday was 12 years since we lost Momma. I'm sure y'all often get together up there; she really had a soft spot for you. My kiddos are doing good. Riley acts just like Erin; I fear I may go crazy before it's all over- she hasn't even started kindergarten yet. Thank you for always knowing how to brighten my day. You taught me so much about strength and courage; I am blessed to still feel your own strength around me when I feel overwhelmed. You are loved and missed every day.

Amy Macedo

February 14, 2018

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