Dennis Rodeman was literally run down by a 22-year old after brief words were exchanged during a charity event for muscular dystrophy. The “Fill the Boot” fundraiser gives the firefighters a chance to give back to the community and a chance to interact with the citizens of Lansing, MI. Mr. Rodeman was recently married and expecting his first child. Please pray for the family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.
Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman died from injuries he got when he was hit by a truck while collecting for a charity at the corner of Jolly Road and Cedar Street on Wednesday afternoon. Lansing police tell wilx.com Rodeman had some sort of confrontation with a man in a white Chevy S-10 pickup. The truck drove off then circled back and hit Rodeman. A 22-year-old suspect is being held on murder charges.
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Rodeman was 35-years-old and was a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department. He was collecting donations for a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser for muscular dystrophy.
Rodeman, 35, was a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department. He was married two months ago and expecting his first child.
The suspect — a 22-year-old Lansing man — drove away from the scene and was caught near the intersection of Holmes and Waverly roads after a car and foot chase, police said. Lansing police originally said the man was 32.
Police said there was a verbal exchange between the suspect and Rodeman moments before the incident.
Lansing Police Department Capt. Jim Kraus said there was some type of traffic altercation before the firefighter was struck. Kraus said the driver “was upset for whatever reason,” and that a preliminary investigation shows “he deliberately hit the firefighter.”
Tionna Davis told the Lansing State Journal that she was driving in the area and saw the pickup swerve from one lane to another before Rodeman was struck.
“He literally tried to hit him,” she said.