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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

You loved me once. Our hopes and dreams filled notebook, the world, eternity. I often wonder what your notebook would say now. How your words would guide me and give hope? How you arms around me would calm your words would bring me peace. Missing you tonight mire than ever in this mad, mad world...


January 30, 2017

Christmas Eve again Baby Boy. How does time just keep going and going and at the same time seem like it is not moving at all. Someday time won't be an issue anymore and we will all be back together for eternity. Until then, I love you to eternity and beyond ,and look up hoping you are looking at me.

You are my eternal "Gift from God" Matthew, my precious son.


December 24, 2016

I love you.


November 15, 2016


Today brings back a lot of memories, wish you were here. We keep telling the funny stories and laughing about all the crazy stuff along the way. Thanks for the great memories! You have been missed!

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
Roane County Sheriff's Office

September 17, 2016

Hard to believe it's been this long my friend. Miss you.

Sgt. Charlie Graham
Oliver Springs Police Dept

September 16, 2016

Keeping your family in my thoughts today, as they remember this day twelve years ago, when their lives were forever changed. Linda, I know that each memory shared with you is like a precious gift. I hope those gifts never stop.

Norie Haas
Mother of Deputy Brian A. Haas

September 16, 2016

to your mother,

god bless you

god bless your son


September 16, 2016

Thinking about you and all you are to us my beautiful Son.

The memories that replay over and over in our minds and hearts help us keep going until we are all back together again.

The new stories that your friends "just happen" to stop in and say....".I remember when Matt......" give us new memories. Even after all this time there are still stories we haven't heard, and with each one shared there is a little more of you that we can laugh about, cherish, and hold on to. I will forever be grateful for those friends that still care enough to say your name and remember you, and take the time to tell us their story of you.

You were, and are, and always will be one of God's greatest gifts to us.

My beautiful Smiling Eyes, I love you.


September 15, 2016

I got your message precious son of my life.
I love you, I miss you.
Forever and always, to eternity and beyond, you are my beautiful smiling eyes.

You're the best.


August 13, 2016

Am just sitting here reading reflections on some of the officers pages and the side door opens and in comes Jess Whittington with her big beautiful smile and her arms outstretched for a hug! Oh what a welcome sight and as I hugged her of course you were what was in my heart and mind. You all were a mess together. I love every crazy picture and memory I have of you all. She was always there for us in our darkest days.


May 17, 2016

Thinking of Matt and his family today.
Another year of missing him so much.
"never forgotten".

Lorraine Bond

May 16, 2016

Happy Birthday My Beautiful, Precious, Son. Wondering what you are doing up in Heaven today. Do you look down through the skies like we look up through the skies? There is never a moment that you are not with us in everything we are doing down here. Living our lives, going on day by day, you are always right beside us. You were always bigger than this life.......whether you were being crazy, loud, and funny, or quiet, gentle, and comforting. You went about your life living your life, and we are trying to do the same. I could not have dreamed of or asked for more when God gave you to me. I still have you and that will never change. Being your momma brings a smile to my are truly my "smiling eyes" Son of My Life. I love you forever and always, to Eternity and Beyond.


May 11, 2016

sitting in my night class and wondering why I decided to major in criminal justice...... then I remember that you left so many wonderful memories and had a great reputation with everyone around, and I hope I can be half the law enforcement personnel that you were.
love you. miss you, always.

olivia hardie

April 14, 2016

Happy Easter in Heaven my beautiful, precious Son. Every time I have walked through the side room at the shop and smelled the lilies I think of you and how amazing heaven must be.......we are promised that it will surpass any and every thing that is on this I hold on to that until we are all reunited and everything is perfect again.

I love you forever and always
To eternity and beyond......


March 26, 2016

I guess your St. Paddy's day wish got

Happy St. Patrick's Day My Beautiful Smiling Eyes.

I love you forever and always.


March 18, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day My Beautiful Smiling Eyes!!


March 17, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day :). I can say that because it's almost over lol. Miss you terribly.....the holiday I love to hate made worse because you're not here to push me even farther over the edge. I had a great moment though when Ethan pulled out on his first Valentine Day delivery (can you believe that, oh my gosh!!) and he pealed out (for the benefit of his mom I'm sure, who was taking his picture through the window) and I yelled "remind him he has flowers in the back of that car!!!" Oh my word, so much like you. So many memories, good ones and stressful ones, but memories none the less. I love you and miss you; but I always know you're here.


February 14, 2016

I'm not sure what possessed to me to check up on this website tonight... if I should tell the truth, I had almost forgotten that it existed. I changed my major to criminal justice, if you were here, I feel like you'd find some type of short joke or snide remark to make about my size and how i'm supposed to think i'm gonna be able to chase any bad guys down... I have faith it'll all be okay though, truthfully I have the best type of guardian angels watching over me because law enforcement was your specialty, and grandpa's was being patient and humble towards people, even the most undesirable to be around. I've been thinking deeper lately, how I can make some type of positive impact on those around me. I know you look down and see the world now, everyone shunning police and so much negativity and hatred filling the minds of youth towards law enforcement. I don't understand it; but it isn't my place to. I can only hope to impact as many lives as you did. all my professors know of you, it's funny because they always have something good to say. it's seldom you have a cop who gets all good reviews. anyway, none of this is why I felt like writing. lately I feel so lost within not only my family but friends as well. my feelings have been so hurt and tender lately, I've really been struggling with really everything about my life. sometimes its selfish but I wish I could have ya for a day and just talk. just vent and talk things through, maybe hear some advice; everyone whom I speak to says you knew what to say to cheer someone up at their lowest, even in handcuffs. I miss you, I will never forget that night. I cried because mom was crying... it dawned on me later just how special you were to me even though I was so young. you knocked my tooth out, you introduced me to peanut butter on the spoon, (which is something I still do, thanks)... regardless, you over all made me feel so loved and protected as a kid. I forever appreciate you and miss you and love you. smoke a cigar with grandpa for me, tell a couple jokes, and give a couple big hugs. i'll see you again one day.

Olivia Grace Hardie
baby cousin

February 11, 2016

Precious Son of My Life,

Once again closing up the shop on Christmas Eve and thinking of you. You are as close as ever, just wish I could put my arms around you and never let you go. You did a good (great lol) job with Ethan and Ella's presents this year. You set a high bar!!

I'm sure you have laughed over dad's yard decorations this year. We added your little jeep to the scene, so now the police car is chasing the jeep which you (portrayed by a monkey haha) are driving as your sisters hang on in the back seat ( portrayed by Rudolf and a bear). It's a crazy menagerie of stuff, which is the story of our life, and it's a GREAT story. "The Never Ending Story".

I read this verse in a book the other day and knew immediately I wanted to send it to you. You and God already know what occasionally I only catch glimpses of.

"They shall all bloom in fields of light,
Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,
These sacred blossoms wear."

And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love;
She knew she should find them all again
In the fields of light above.

O, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that day;
'Twas an angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.

How blessed I am to be your mother, I could not have been given more.

Always and forever, to infinity and beyond, I love you my precious smiling eyes.


December 24, 2015

Just wanted to say thank you . I know you are still looking over your dear mother. Such a fine officer, brother and son.

Special Agent T.D. Holcomb
NS Railroad

December 17, 2015

Just a note to let your family know that you are thought about at this Holiday Season.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all the Lord has provided for us.
I want to thank the Lord for giving us our sons for a little while. They were a blessing to us.
May God continue to comfort your family at this time of year.

Mother of a Fallen Deputy

November 28, 2015

Heaven must surely be worth it all.

I love you my precious son.

You are always my smiling eyes.


November 21, 2015

Matt just want you to know you have not been forgotten and never will be. Still hard to think about what happened and never be able to understand. But your soul and spirit lives on in your family I see them occasionally out and about they are one strong family.


October 23, 2015

I love you.
My heart and mind is filled with YOU.


September 16, 2015

There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. May 11th and September 16th are very memorable days. Just know that you will never be forgotten and always missed!

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
Roane County Sheriff's Office

September 16, 2015

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