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Police Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Harriman Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, September 16, 2004

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Reflections for Police Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse

Hey Baby Boy,

Well today is the last day in the shop. There are a million thoughts going through my head, so many things I want to say but can barely type for trying to hold back the tears. Not tears of sadness really, just tears from all those million wonderful memories. You, your sisters, Ethan, Ella, Scott, your police buddies,....story after story after story. What an amazing life we have all had together in the shop. It was the best........because we were all together . Still are, and always will be, no matter what. It's kind of scary I have to admit, but I know you are right here with me. Always with your arm around my shoulder, kissing the top of my head, and reminding me to "settle down Mom". We always laughed about being the "richest people in town", but it's true, because we have each other which means we have it all.

I'm thankful for it all. It has been an amazing journey, and now a new one starts. Keep me brave, continue to watch over all of us and have a wonderful day in Heaven.

I love you more than the world, to Eternity and Beyond.

Momma

Linda Rittenhouse
Mother

January 31, 2020

Merry Christmas my Beautiful Son. I have seen you everywhere this season, and felt your arm around my shoulder constantly. I even caught myself a couple of times while standing a the front desk turning my head to catch you walking in from the side room. Close enough, it seemed like you were "just there". You know, you understand, you keep me going...….until we are all back together we keep on keeping on. Honoring you and each other. Thanking God always that He put us together Forever.

I love you my Smiling Eyes.

Momma

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

December 27, 2019

I love you.

Momma

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

October 23, 2019

Matt,

Thinking of you today! I told some funny Matt stories today! RIP 920!

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips

September 16, 2019

Thank you for being my son; I looked through a thousand pictures last night, from your birth on...…..laughed and laughed, and thanked God for every memory, every experience, every blessing that was brought to my life because YOU were brought to my life. Thank you for always letting me know you are right beside me. I see your beautiful face and hold you as you hold me knowing that next hug is just in the next realm

Thank you for being the brother, uncle, friend, officer you were and are.
Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse You are Loved.

Momma

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

September 16, 2019

I love you, Matt. You were and are the most precious brother. Thank you for all the ways you continue to make life here something to be appreciated and worked for-thank you for making life there more real and something not to be feared. Forever grateful ❤️

Jenny Rittenhouse-Guinn

September 16, 2019

i work 911 night shift now and i caught myself noticing today is 9/16. wondering how different life would be if you were still here, how interesting our conversations could be. wondering what you’d think of me working in criminal justice and taking the type of calls that you were getting dispatched to. it’s crazy you’d be 40, i still put flowers on ur grave every time i visit grandma and grandpa. crazy i’m 23 now — i still remember that night like it was yesterday. i was so young but you had such an impact on me. u took care of me & momma. she misses u too. i love u, hug my grandparents bc i miss them. i struggle really hard not having grandma. plz squeeze them tightly & let them all know im okay. miss u a lot.

olivia
cousin

September 16, 2019

Missing you today (and every day).

Amanda
former HPD 912

September 15, 2019

Remembering Matt today.

Lorraine Bond
A Mother

September 7, 2019

I love you, I miss you.


Momma

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

August 19, 2019

Went to Washington for the 4th :); while Jessica and I had a list of things to do and see(which included Carole King for me lol), #1 on the list was seeing Ella's 'deviled eggs' she had made for you when she was 3, (she has just turned 17!) and left at the wall by your name at the police memorial. As so many other amazing,unexpected 'gifts' that we have received from you and God over these past nearly 15 years, this time it was Dad seeing those eggs in the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Museum while he was there for Police Week!!!!! Unbelievable yet so NOT unbelievable. You just go on and on, loving us, and being with us. We are all together forever just as strong as ever.

I thank God for the amazing gift of you and your sisters; I thank God for how much He loves us, that He put us all together.

My Smiling Eyes Beautiful Son, I love you to eternity and beyond.
Forever.
Momma

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

July 7, 2019

I've missed you. I know you are well and watching over us all. I spent most of your birthday thinking about you-- how is it possible that we are 40??? The lives we dreamed about two decades ago. God's plans for you were so much bigger than either one of us could have ever imagined. Mine didn't turn out quite as I expected either. Unanswered prayers, right? Still even after all these years I still hear your constant encouragement and support, no matter how mad you got with me you never let me give up, You remind me of who I am, and you show me every day that you are a hero.

Friend
Forever

May 26, 2019

Riding for you today Matt! Miss you buddy!

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
Roane County Sheriff's Office

May 11, 2019

Happy Birthday my Matt!! I get to celebrate your birthday all week with your friends and your Dad!! Not a week goes by that something doesn’t pop up to make me think of you. I’ll always love you and miss you. Until we meet again my friend

Director Marty Miles
Roane County Juvenile Court

May 11, 2019

Happy Birthday Beautiful Son. Here on earth you would be 40 today !?!? I thought of you all day yesterday, wondering what you would be doing today.....Oh yes, delivering Mother's Day flowers with us...….and with ETHAN!!! …. carrying on with your sisters.....giving me your wonderful hugs and telling me to "settle down" :); just an all around wonderful, stress filled typical Mother's Day weekend-- because no matter what, we would all be together. And we are. It will never be all it was, but thanks to my three wonderful 'babies' , and thanks to God always, for giving you all to me, it IS wonderful. All I ever wanted I have because of you all. Until I can actually touch your beautiful face again and tell you face to face, you know how much I love you.

Forever and always, you are my beautiful smiling eyes boy.

Momma

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

May 11, 2019

Happy Easter Beautiful Son of My Life,
How beautiful Heaven must be!
Celebrating God's amazing gift of Love,
His Son, and My son.

Love you forever and always,
Momma

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

April 20, 2019

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.

Momma

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

February 19, 2019

Officer Rittenhouse, you will always be remembered.

Chris Cosgriff
Founder & Executive Director
Officer Down Memorial Page

February 18, 2019

So, I don't know where the message I sent you on Christmas Eve is, maybe it went straight to you and bypassed your page :). And that's ok if it did. You know you are, and always will, be in my heart and soul; and someday, someday, I will be back in that big enveloping hug and all will be right again.
I love you, I miss you, My precious Smiling Eyes.

Momma

December 26, 2018

I love you.

Momma

November 29, 2018

Wow, realizing I took this 911 call of your wreck 14 years ago blows my mind. Many Many radio transactions and phone calls that I'll never ever forget. This was one of the very worst nights of my life along with many other in the blue family along with your family. Your mother and father are so sweet and precious and it turns out that unknowingly I had worked side by side with your sister at Cherokee School. Matt, you are very missed and I still pray for your family often. This was a night I will never ever forget, me and Amanda were the only ones in dispatch and it totally seemed like a nightmare but our work and dedication didn't go unnoticed because the Chief (now Sheriff) honored us both with a plague. You truly are missed and were taken way too soon!!!

Officer Tracy Thompson (Former 911)
Roane State Police Dept

October 23, 2018

You were the best.

Friend

September 20, 2018

RIP 920. We sure do miss you!

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
Roane County Sheriff's Office

September 16, 2018

Miss you Matt. You touched so many lives and we’ll never forget you. <3

Amanda G
Former HPD 912

September 16, 2018

A mother's love is eternal. Holding your mom in my heart's embrace today as another year passes where she can only hold you for now in her heart and soul.

Always honored. Never forgotten. Forever missed. Forever loved.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 16, 2018

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