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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What a bright spot in this world people can make with their unexpected acts of overwhelming kindness. A new officer with HPD came in today with a Christmas wreath she had made in your honor......blue and silver, your number 920, the HPD decal, the Tennessee stars.....just beautiful. And, she has never met you. Said she has heard so much about you from the other officers , who you were, and who you are, she wanted to do this for you. I went to your hill this morning to see how she placed it.........how beautiful that she had hung it right in the center of your Celtic Cross. I have no words to describe what that sight meant to me. But you know, and God knows, and I hope she knows.

Loving you Forever,
To eternity and beyond


November 26, 2017

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