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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Good Morning Precious Son, I love you so much. Thank you for always letting me know you are right beside me. I was thinking back to "the day" a couple of weeks ago as I was driving on the same road that I was on when I last talked to you (remember those crazy nextel phones that we could just beep each other on :). Three times we talked that day, not really unusual, but am so thankful for each one of those times that I heard your voice and had the chance to say I love you every time we finished talking. I am eternally thankful that you are my beautiful son. The son of my life.

I know you laughed when you saw your card I took you today. But it's true!!! You Are one of a kind!!! NO ONE like you. Ever.

We will all be together tonight. Laughing and remembering. I actually heard a new story just last night! I love it when that happens. I know there are sooo many more out there.

Thank you for everything you are. Matthew "Gift of God".

To eternity and beyond I love you.


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

September 16, 2021

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