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Correctional Officer III Kaitlyn Breanne Ritnour

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, September 3, 2022

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Reflections for Correctional Officer III Kaitlyn Breanne Ritnour

Rest In Peace sister in gray , we’ll hold the line from here

SGT Reilly

April 30, 2023

Officer Ritnour your life and service was short, But your Legacy will live forever. Rest easy officer, We’ll take it from here.

James McGuire EO3 / Truck Driver
Texas Department of Criminal justice

March 22, 2023

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

February 12, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 14, 2022

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Correctional Officer Kaitlyn Ritnour. I am truly sorry for your loss. I am praying for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

October 10, 2022



September 25, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Ritnour. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

September 23, 2022

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

September 21, 2022

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office sends our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of Correctional Officer Kaitlyn Ritnour. May your fond memories of her provide you with peace and comfort at this difficult time.

~ Sheriff Brad Swain, deputies & staff

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

September 20, 2022

Seeing this angel’s face touched my heart. My prayers to her family and all who loved her❤️

Anne Arundel County
Annapolis, Maryland

Patricia Lawlor

September 16, 2022

moment of silence young lady life was cut way too short!

OFC Stephens/CO1

September 16, 2022

To the family, friends and coworkers of Correctional Officer III Kaitlyn Breanne Ritnour, my sincerest sympathy for your loss. May God watch over you all during this tragic time. God's Speed Kaitlyn!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

September 14, 2022

Prayers to the family. GOD hold HER you now. THANK YOU

Howard Ray

September 14, 2022

I’m praying for your family and coworkers. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace

Maxine, mother of
Deputy Josh Rutherford EOW 5/29/03

September 13, 2022

Rest In Peace Officer Ritnour. Thank You for your Service. Prayers to Family and Friends.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Fire Crew Officer/correctional peace off. Retired

September 13, 2022

Rest in Peace Correctional Officer III Kaitlyn Breanne Ritnour! Thank you for your 5 months of service with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division, in Texas. We thank you for your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your mother, your father, your sister, your grandparents, and your fiancé during this terrible tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew 5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

September 13, 2022

Praying for peace and comfort today and in the difficult days ahead. With deepest sympathy,

Rita Rocker
Deputy Executive Director
Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles

September 13, 2022

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada Department of Public Safety

September 13, 2022



September 13, 2022

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the loss of your Correctional Officer II, Kaitlyn Breanne Ritnour, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Correctional Officer II makes the ultimate sacrifice. Her bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

September 12, 2022

Rest now sister we have it from here. May the Valkyries send you to rest.

Levi Hilliard
Corrections officer

September 12, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family Correctional Officer III Kaitlyn Breanne Ritnour and the extended law enforcement family of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Correctional Institutions Division.

End of Watch Thursday, September 8, 2022

Rest in Peace sister and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 12, 2022

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family and your Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

September 12, 2022

You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

September 12, 2022

So sad & tragic, RIP Sheepdog. May God bless & comfort your loved ones, as well as your brothers & sisters with Texas DOC. Well done thou good and faithful servant.

Mike Nixon
High Point, NC Police Dept, Retired

September 12, 2022

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