VERMONTVILLE, MI (WLNS) – From serving his country as a Marine, to serving his hometown in the Vermontville Fire department, Dennis Rodeman was a hero and his family wants him to be remembered as just that.
“He loved the Marines he loved them always did, still does, they were brothers to him, the same as his firefighter buddies,” Kelly Flory Dennis Rodeman’s sister said.
Dennis started his career as a firefighter at the Vermontville Fire Department even while on active duty as a United States Marine.
During his time at the fire station, Rodeman was deployed to Fallujah and returned home safely to continue his work as a firefighter.
“He started out here in Vermontville Fire and he moved on to Lansing but these guys here are still his family, they’re all his family none of it changes,” Flory said.
Dennis’ neighbors say, he was the all-American man. He even took his niece to a daddy-daughter dance and his nephew to football practice. Dennis was admired by everyone that knew him.
“He liked sports he liked to hunt and fish, and if you need something he was there to help you,” Dennis’ neighbor said.
His family said he was the ‘back bone’ of the family and he will never be forgotten.