Police Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Police Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Harriman Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 2004

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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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Hey Baby Boy,

Well today is the last day in the shop. There are a million thoughts going through my head, so many things I want to say but can barely type for trying to hold back the tears. Not tears of sadness really, just tears from all those million wonderful memories. You, your sisters, Ethan, Ella, Scott, your police buddies,....story after story after story. What an amazing life we have all had together in the shop. It was the best........because we were all together . Still are, and always will be, no matter what. It's kind of scary I have to admit, but I know you are right here with me. Always with your arm around my shoulder, kissing the top of my head, and reminding me to "settle down Mom". We always laughed about being the "richest people in town", but it's true, because we have each other which means we have it all.

I'm thankful for it all. It has been an amazing journey, and now a new one starts. Keep me brave, continue to watch over all of us and have a wonderful day in Heaven.

I love you more than the world, to Eternity and Beyond.


Linda Rittenhouse

January 31, 2020

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