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 collision 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 crash.

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

single vehicle crash, weather

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We will all be in Washington this week to honor you, celebrate you , remember you, and miss you ..........as we do every day but With you at the Memorial again this year. Twenty years since you've been gone physically from earth, but never gone from us. You are still, and always will be, right in the middle of everything we do.
Mother's Day, Your Birthday, and Police Week connected forever, not surprising at all that it worked out like that, seems like everything we experience all ties in together now. Just another sign that we all are ALWAYS connected.

I love you, I adore you, I miss you.
I am forever grateful that you are my precious son, my forever smiling eyes.
Continue to watch over all of us, we will say your name a milllion times this week.

Loving you forever,
To eternity and Beyond.


Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Officer Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/2004

May 10, 2024

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