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Police Officer Matthew J. Rittner

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew J. Rittner

Final Salute Officer Rittner. Thank you for your service. You are a hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

February 7, 2019


You can have your Army Kakiis,
And your Navy Blues,
But here’s a different fighting man,
I’ll introduce to you.
His uniform is unlike,
Any you’ve ever seen,
The Germans called him “Devil Dog”,
His title is “Marine”.

He was trained in Parris Island,
The place that God forgot,
The sand was fourteen inches deep,
The sun was blazing hot.
He awakened up one morning,
In front of his rack he’ll stand,
And in through the doorway walked,
A giant of a man.

He turned and faced this young Marine,
With eyes as cold as steel,
He said, “I am your DI,
And this is for real.
I’ll make your life as miserable,
As miserable as I can,
And when you finally leave this place,
You’ll be a fighting man.
You’ll be a rifle expert,
You’ll know your weapon well,
And when you encounter the Viet Cong,
You’ll send their souls to Hell.

Now gather around you young Marines,
And lend me all your ears,
And I’ll tell you of a few things,
We’ve conquered through the years,
We fought at Iwo Jima,
The land of fire and Hell,
We killed all those Japanese,
And took their land as well.

Now you can tell your ladies,
And this my Lad is true,
To get herself a young “Marine”,
There is nothing he can’t do.
He’s peeled a million onions,
And twice as many spuds,
Then you’ll find him in the slop chutes,
A soaking up the suds.

And when he gets to Heaven,
St.Peter he will tell,
Another “Marine” reporting Sir.
I’ve served my time in Hell.

Written and copyright by: David Lee Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1968 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

February 7, 2019

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

February 7, 2019

Rest in Peace brother.

Corporal (Retired) Glenn Elliott
Temple Police Department--Temple,Tx

February 7, 2019

God bless you brother.Rest in peace

Retired NYPD Detective Matty Longo

February 7, 2019

Rest in Peace Officer Rittner

We'll hold the line.

February 7, 2019

On behalf of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences. R.I.P. Officer Rittner, may God bless you and keep you. May God comfort your family, friends and all our brothers and sisters with the Milwaukee Police Department. May God wrap you in his loving arms and grant your family and friends strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers my brother. Please know that you and your service will never be forgotten. Fidelis Ad Mortem my brother as we remain Standing Tall For Those who Have Fallen, we have the watch from here.

Corporal James Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Tampa, Fla.

February 7, 2019

★ Rest in peace and God speed... May St. Micheal carry you to the Heavenly throne. Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice... Slow Hand SALUTE!

Security Officer David Coldwell
G4S Security Solutions

February 7, 2019

Thank you for your service. My condolences to your family and to the Milwaukee Police Department. Rest In Peace.

Police Officer David Waite
Chicago Police

February 7, 2019

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Matthew Rittner, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Also we thank Officer Rittner for his service as a United States Marine Corps. Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2019

Thank you for your service, Officer Rittner - both in the US Marine Corps and as a Police Officer. My heart of prayers and love are extended to your family, the police department and all those affected by such a tragic loss. Rest in peace. I pray we will see you again some day.

Kim Durham

February 7, 2019

I am shocked and saddened, again, that we have lost another hero. These murdering criminals do not value life. I joined this site after we lost Officer Sean Tuder of the Mobile Police Dept. so I could keep our fallen officers memories alive. May God Bless and keep you sir and bless your precious family.

John C. Turner
Mobile, Al.

February 7, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother!!

Lieutenant Vic Manata
Newark Police Department , Newark NJ

February 7, 2019

May God Bless your family, friends and coworkers Officer in this time of need.

Deputy 2135 Samuel Ferguson
Milam County Sheriff Office

February 7, 2019

Rest easy brother. Thank you for your service to both our country and your city. Never forgotten. Prayers for your families both blood, blue, and green.

Blue Strong supporter. Marianne White-Wo
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

February 7, 2019

May you forever find peace in the fields of Valhalla. 

AD ASTRA PER ASPERA - A Rough Road Leads To The Stars.

February 7, 2019

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Officer Rittner.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 7, 2019

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police Department

February 7, 2019

My heat aches every time one of my brothers gives his life to protect our society. Our prayers are with his families. We at are working to raise funds to help our law enforcement families in their time of need. May God bless.

Retired Louis Apodaca
San Diego sheriffs department

February 7, 2019

Our hearts ache over the loss of Police Officer Matthew Rittner for his family, coworkers, and friends. The men & women of the Abilene Police Department extend their prayers of comfort, and remain grateful for the service rendered by Officer Rittner to his community and country. We do not lose hope in the midst of sadness and grief. We remain faithful to the calling of service and protection just as Matthew did.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

February 7, 2019

Rest in Peace Officer Rittner. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Parole Supervisor Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

February 7, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Rittner!
You will not be forgotten!

Willie Bell Hopewell VA!
Friend Of All Law Enforcement Officers!

February 7, 2019

Rest in peace brother.

Patrolman Jarrett Hesselbirg
Livingston Police Department, NJ

February 7, 2019

Eternal rest grant to him O Lord. May his soul and the souls of all of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen May God bless his family with peace and comfort.

Citizen Rosemary OLeary

February 7, 2019

"Time to come home dear brother
Your tour of duty through
You’ve given as much as anyone
Could be expected to do

Just a few steps further
The smoke will start to clear
Others here will guide you
You have no need of fear

You have not failed your brothers
You clearly gave it all
And through your selfless actions
Others will hear the call

So take your place of honor
Among those who have gone before
And know you will be remembered
For now and evermore"
by Robert Longley

Matt, you have served well and will always be remembered for the hero you were. I am honored to have worked with you. May you rest in peace... we have the watch.

Captain Heather Wurth
Milwaukee Police Department

February 7, 2019

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