Man charged with Lansing firefighter’s death

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Grant Taylor stood in front of a magistrate in court this afternoon, just a day after police say he intentionally killed Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman after hitting him with his car.

Grant Taylor stood with little emotion in front of magistrate Laura Millmore Wednesday, while allegations of the senseless crime were read to him in court.

Charges that could carry a life sentence if he’s convicted.

22 year-old Grant Taylor heard the many charges filed against him in court today after police say Taylor got into some sort of argument with Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman on Wednesday, while Rodeman was collecting donations for the MDA’s “Fill the Boot” campaign at the intersection of Jolly and Cedar in Lansing.

Police say Taylor was upset firefighters were holding up traffic and that he circled back to where Rodeman was and purposely hit and killed him.

“Count one states that you did murder Dennis Rodeman..contrary to loss, sir, that is a felony, carries up to life,” Magistrate Laura Millmore, 54-A District Court said.

In addition to being charged with open murder, Taylor is being charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault, causing death, and two counts of fleeing and eluding police.

“Mr. Taylor, do you understand these charges and the maximum penalties,” Magistrate Millmore said.

Grant: “Yes your honor.”

“We’re going to help for a charitable event, ya know, one guy doesn’t come home,” Charles Stadt, Lansing Fire Dept. PIO said. “I mean that’s, it’s really one of those things you can’t prepare yourself for.”

Meanwhile, the City of Lansing, Lansing Fire Department, and the International Association of Firefighters set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the fallen firefighter’s family, his wife and unborn child.

It’s already surpassed its first goal of $50,000 and they’ve, set a new goal of $100,000.

“It’s one of those things that ya know the brothers and sisters of the Lansing Fire Department, we’ll do the same thing we always do,” Stadt said. “We’ll come together, we’ll get through this..Dennis will never be forgotten.”

Grant Taylor’s bond was denied. He is expected to be back in court later this month.

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