LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Reactions to the death of Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman have been coming in from a number of people.
State Rep. Tom Cochran, the former Lansing Fire Chief, said “Words are inadequate to express what you feel in your heart over the tragic loss of life of a good man, whom I hired at Lansing Fire Department. He was always selfless in all that he did for his Country and his Community, you will be missed and truly a piece of the soul of Lansing Fire is gone!”
Congressman Mike Bishop, who represents the 8th Congressional District which includes Lansing, said in a statement: “There are no words to describe the shock and heartbreak in Michigan’s 8th District tonight. The news of Lansing firefighter and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dennis Rodeman’s tragic death is incomprehensible. Please take a moment to join me in praying for his loved ones and our local emergency responders during this very difficult time.”
When he was struck Firefighter Rodeman was collecting donations for the department’s “Fill The Boot” campaign supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks said “The extended MDA family is in a state of shock and mourning, devastated by the passing of Lansing fire fighter Dennis Rodeman, a proud International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) member and MDA volunteer. We are in close communications with the Lansing Fire Department, our IAFF national partners and local law enforcement officials who have the hit-and-run suspect in custody and are investigating this unspeakable act. On behalf of all the MDA families supported and cared for by our fire fighter partners and heroes, we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kate, his family and friends, and his IAFF brothers and sisters.”
The firefighters collecting donations were all wearing helmets and reflective vests at the time Rodeman was hit.
The Lansing Police will seek open murder and felony fleeing and eluding charges against the 22-year-old driver of the pick-up truck that struck Rodeman.