Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

May God bless your family and department during this time. With Compassion and love from all your Tennessee Troopers

Tennessee State Trooper
Tennessee State Patrol

September 17, 2004

My deepest sympathies to Officer Rittenhouse's family, friends and fellow officers. Your dept. is always in my mind as it is where my family is originally from and where my grandmother retired to.
Im always sadden to hear about the loss of a fellow brothern of law enforcement.

Patrolman Paul Creekmore
Naperville Park District Police

September 17, 2004

America Lost another hero today, Officer Rittenhouse was doing a job he loved, when he was taken from us. to the friends and family please turn to God for confort.

Sgt. W. M. Riley
Aragon Ga PD.

September 17, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with the family Of Officer Matt Rittenhouse. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9

Explorer Evan Hodge
Marietta Police Explorers

September 17, 2004

To the family and co-workers of Officer Matt Rittenhouse,
We are so saddened by your loss. Please reach to God during this time of immense sorrow, He will help you through your unbearable grief.

"Let's Stay Safe Out There."


September 17, 2004

Thank you for your service sir. Rest in peace.

Captain Robert W. Cannon; Retired
Vermilion County, Illinois Sheriff's Dept.

September 17, 2004

Rest in peace, Officer. Thank you for your service.

Michigan Resident

September 17, 2004

Officer Rittenhouse, you are in our thoughts and prayers, as is your family, friends and fellow officers. Rest in peace, Sir.

Sgt. Al Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, Yuma, AZ

September 17, 2004

May god bless you and your family during this tragic time. Rest in peace.

Leo Wife
St Petersburg, Fl

September 17, 2004

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Officer Matt Rittenhouse. Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.

Lt Thomas Drury
Clare City P.D. Michigan

September 17, 2004

It is so sad to hear of the passing of Officer Rittenhouse. May God be with him and his family. they are all in our hearts and prayers.

Deputy Rick Wiggins
Loudon County Sheriffs Department

September 17, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

September 17, 2004

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