Milwaukee Brewers Set Up Locker In Memory Of Slain Officer Matthew Rittner
Phoenix, AZ – The Milwaukee Brewers have devoted a Spring Training clubhouse locker to the memory of slain Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner.
A team jersey bearing Rittner’s name and the number 10 hangs outside the locker, which is located in the American Family Fields clubhouse in Phoenix, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Officer Rittner, 35, was murdered in the line of duty on Feb. 6, as he and other Milwaukee Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit officers were attempting to serve a warrant at a residence.
The target of the warrant, 26-year-old Jordan Fricke, was wanted for drugs and illegal sale of firearm charges.
As the officers attempted to breach the door, Fricke opened fire on them with a high-powered rifle, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Officer Rittner, a married father of a young son, was struck in the chest.
He was pronounced dead at Froedtert Hospital a short while later.
Officer Rittner and his wife, Caroline, were married at the Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball field, Miller Park, on Sep. 16, 2017.
He even got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Brewers went to bat against the Miami Marlins, WISN reported.
“Congratulations to Matt & Caroline Rittner who were married & celebrating at Miller Park today…with lots of wedding crashers!” the Milwaukee Brewers tweeted that day.
Officer Rittner, a 17-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, was also a U.S. Marine who served three tours in the Middle East.
"If you were to draw a picture of a United States Marine or draw a picture of a perfect police officer, that would be him," said Max Zaruba, a friend who served alongside Officer Rittner in the military, according to the Journal Sentinel.
"Matt was probably the happiest person in the world, to be a dad, to have an amazing wife, to be a police officer," Zaruba added. "He was excessively proud of that."
A fundraising page established to help Caroline and her little boy in the wake of Officer Rittner’s murder has raised over $62,000.
Officer Rittner was laid to rest on Wednesday, the Journal Sentinel reported.