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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Hi precious Son, I know you were with me on the BIG day :). Even though I couldn't see the words here I felt your arm around my shoulder keeping me "settled down". What an amazing group of friends we had working the showroom and getting all the deliveries out faster and earlier than I had even hoped for. Remember when you used to pull in all your off duty friends to help deliver! Thanks for making life so crazy, amazing, and wonderful. As I always try to remind myself , it's all those little things that add up to be the life we love. I have so many wonderful memories of you and your sisters and your friends. The Best, it's all the Best.

Loving your forever, to eternity, and beyond.


Linda Rittenhouse
Mother of Matthew Rittenhouse HPD 920
EOW 9/16/2004

February 19, 2019

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