Silence honors fallen firefighter in procession to funeral home

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – While many worked Thursday to continue serving our community through tears, firefighters honored their friend the best way they could.

No sirens, just solemn silence and a salute to the brother they loved.

In a grand escort the Lansing Fire Department made sure the body of fallen firefighter Dennis Rodeman made it safely from Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital where he passed to the funeral home across the street.

“We’re just trying to be as supportive to the family as we can we’re gonna pick the family up and also include them in the procession and we’re just gonna try to be as united as we can,” said Captain David Odom, Lansing Fire Department.

While dozens came to show respect and mourn, Lansing firefighters geared up to remember Dennis Rodeman the best way they knew how.

“We strap up our boots and we’re prepared to go and take care of the citizens of Lansing the best way we can just like Dennis would do he fought for his country and he fought for his city and we’re gonna honor him and do the same thing.”

But for many for many working to honor Rodeman also meant working through the tears.

“This is one of the most tragic things that could happen to a fire department is a brother who comes into work to save lives to not be able to go home to his family, he has a wife, newly married a child that’s unborn it’s unthinkable to us at this time there are no words.”

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