Michigan firefighter, expectant father killed during fundraiser

(Courtesy: WLNS)

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – A 35-year-old Michigan firefighter was hit and killed Wednesday while collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Dennis Rodeman worked for the Lansing Fire Department for seven years and had served in the US. Marine Corps. He and his wife were married about two months ago, and expecting a baby.

“The Lansing Fire Department has suffered a tremendous loss this evening,” Lansing Fire Chief Randy Talifarro said.

Rodeman was hit by a 22-year old Wednesday afternoon while he was collecting donations during the department’s annual “Fill the Boot” charity event.

The 22 year-old is in custody and could face murder charges as well as felony fleeing and eluding police.

Members of the Lansing Fire and Police Department stood with heavy hearts mourning the loss of their fellow co-worker, family member and friend.

“It’s hard to put Dennis in words, he was probably the most fantastic human being I’ve ever met,” said Charles Stadt, Public Information Officer for the Lansing’s Fire Department.

Stadt worked very closely with Dennis Rodeman for seven years working day in and day out with one another.

“He’s one of the guys that would be the first one to take his shirt off and give it to you,” Stadt said. “We’re going to a charitable event one guy doesn’t come home. I mean that’s, you can’t prepare for that.”

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says flags will fly at half-staff Thursday all city buildings and the mayor’s office is working with the International Association of Firefighters to help set up a fund for Dennis Rodeman’s family.

More details is expected to be released in the coming days as to what led up to such a tragic and senseless act.


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