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

single vehicle crash, weather

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I love you, I miss you.
Christmas was wonderful as always, and as always you are right in the middle of it with us.
Ethan had his precious Kendall with him, they were married in October you know, and they just make us all laugh and feel thankful and blessed to be around them. Their love radiates.
You are always missed, especially your big hugs, but your big heart and laugh and silliness will always be a part of everything we do as a family. Can hardly wait to go see Kevin James!!!! You two are so much alike you are almost twins. Dad and I watched a TV episode the other night and laughed our heads off even as we wiped the tears :).
We all look forward to the day we can be wrapped in each others arms again.

I love you forever,
To eternity and beyond my beautiful, precious, Smiling Eyes Son.


Linda Rittenhouse

December 27, 2022

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