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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

Well Precious Boy, another holiday is winding down, almost have Mother's Day over and delivered starting to get weepy now. Sheriff and Tara just stopped in to wish me Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday to you and then Jack started telling "Matthew" stories... I think we both were laughing and crying. I told him about the necklace you got me for one mother's day when you were about 10 or 11 that has the baby shoes with birthstones in them and that you also added one for both the cat and the dog that we had at the time! Hahaha I will wear it proudly to church tomorrow along with the "diamond" bracelet that you also gave me. Love and miss you terribly. 35 years old you will be tomorrow but always forever 25. The guys are on the Unity Tour now. Wish you could be riding it with them , knowing that actually you are, but you know what I mean. You are the son of my life, always and forever, to eternity and beyond I am you momma.

Loving you

May 10, 2014

Happy Easter My Precious Son. Heaven can only be sweeter because you are there.

I love you and Miss you.


April 19, 2014

There is no special reason that today should be any harder than any other day. Today I just miss you terribly- the kids are getting bigger and rolls along. But what never changes is that I think of you every night before I go to bed. I think of you every day that I drive over the mountain towards the flower shop and see that rocky cliff that reminds me of your strength. Every time I go to Wartburg I stretch my arm out toward your cross at the side of the highway (which seems like everyday, lol) unless someone's in the car and might think me a crazy loon-luckily I am usually alone.

I just miss you. I will forever carry that favorite picture of the 3 of us at the park and just love it. Not just because I look young(er) and thin(ner) but because you have your big arm around me and Jessica and I know we both felt happy and safe on that day. We all love you. We miss you. But we keep going because you keep going. Thank you for making life here better and helping us keep faith in a better forever.

Jenny Rittenhouse-Guinn
Sister of Officer Jesse Matthew Rittenhouse EOW 9/16/2004

March 14, 2014

Missed you of course today, son of my heart, son of my life. I see your beautiful smiling eyes and that makes me smile. I love you always, to infinity and beyond


February 14, 2014

Just stopped by to say hello and thank you. An Officer never truly dies until he is forgotten. No danger there.

Special Agent T.D. Holcomb Ret.
Norfolk Southern Railroad

January 31, 2014

Miss you Matthew you are a great cousin we will meet again someday.

Dr. Ezekiel Nichols

January 21, 2014

Cleaning out a closet for the incoming baby, found a picture of us. I miss you bro. Feels like yesterday that you left us. I'll see you again one day.


January 20, 2014

I love you.


December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas my precious son. It seems like it was just a couple of months ago that I was sitting here writing the same thing.....shutting the shop down on Christmas Eve getting ready to "get ready" for all the family stuff. Went up on your hill this morning left a card for you and daddy turned around to walk back to the car and the "heaven rays" were just streaming through an opening in the sky. I always feel like God has opened it up just to let us see back and forth to each other. I love it when it looks like that. I love you more than it seems possible to love someone on this earth. Thanks for the awesomely crazy dream the other know....the one where you were gangon style dancing and hip bumping Jenny at the same time while she was trying to fluff out a Christmas tree that we desperately needed to get out for delivery!!!!!! You are awesome!!! I know Heaven shines brighter because of you and your smile.

I love you my smiling eyes baby boy.


December 24, 2013

I thank God for giving you to me. You are the son of my life. For every smile, for every hug, for every moment of loving you and being loved by you, I will give thanks forever and always.


November 27, 2013

You are not forgotten. There is an amazing story about the Roane County Fallen Officer Memorial and you on the WBIR television station in Knoxville, Tn. Rest in Peace Roane County Fallen Officers.


November 19, 2013

Give Daddy/Grandpa a big hug today and tell him how proud we are for his service to his country....our country...and for the wonderful life he gave all of us.

Loving you forever and always.


November 11, 2013

You live on.


November 6, 2013

Missing you terribly today on my birthday.....I am not whole without you. My heart aches to see you and hold you.


October 16, 2013

Thinking of you today. Miss you.


September 26, 2013

Why are you on my mind today? I really don't know. Maybe it was those pennies in the lobby this morning, I sure don't recall seeing them there last night when I locked up. Next time leave me a $20 like you did for Ella. OK? Ethan TOWERS over me just as you did.


September 24, 2013

I'm a day late but wanted to stop at your page and leave a reflection. Thinking of you and all of your loved ones, continue to watch over them. I know that a day has not passed where one of your loved ones have not thought of you. Each morning when they awake, the first thought of the day is of you and at night when they are just about to fall asleep, their last thought of the day is usually of you. This is because of the love they have for you. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 17, 2013

You are never forgotten.
My thoughts are with your family.

Lorraine Bond

September 17, 2013

RIP Matt! We miss you!

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips
Roane Countu Sheriff's Office

September 16, 2013

We remember you Matt. There were never be anyone quite like you. Thanks for the memories.


September 16, 2013

Thank you for all you mean to your friends and this community. We will never forget you.

A Friend

September 16, 2013

Not a day goes by when you are not remembered and loved.


September 15, 2013

Matt you are never far from my thoughts and I'm thankful for the part of your life that I was able to share. Keep a special watch over everyone tomorrow. 920!

Former HPD

September 15, 2013

I love you my precious son.


September 1, 2013

Officer Rittenhouse touched many many lives, mine included. Did not know this Officer personally but knew who he was and what he stood for. I can only wonder why these young men and women put on the uniform everyday, but then I come to realize, if not them then who? Taking a quote from my VFW Magazine, a person never truly dies until he is forgotten. No danger here in Officer Rittenhouse ever dying, for he will never be forgotten. God bless you sir and I thank you for having the courage to carry on a tradition very few would have the courage to do. Rest in peace..

Special Agent T.D. Holcomb. (Ret)
Norfolk Southern Railroad Police

August 20, 2013

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