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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I was trying to write to you the other day and was just pouring my heart out and my hand hit something and it erased it all. I sat there and looked at the blank space and thought I can't do this, I can't rewrite all this right now. And you said, I read it Mom, it's ok. There's just something about another year rolling around. How, how, how, can it be this long since I've seen you. But it brings us closer too. To all being together again. I miss YOU so much. I did get the gift of a new Matthew story the other day. It was so YOU, so Precious, so Professional, so caring, and the person telling me said she had held on to it for so long without telling it to me but felt like it was time. She said she thinks about you all the time and how you had taken care of the situation.

I thank God always for the gift of you. To me, and everyone that knew you.

I love you, I miss you. Forever and Always, To eternity and beyond.


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

January 3, 2024

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