Firefighter’s Widow Thanks Community For Support

Dennis and Kate Rodeman

The wife of fallen firefighter Dennis Rodeman thanked the greater Lansing community, as well as people around the state and across the country for their support following her husband’s death. It’s Kate Rodeman’s first public comment since her husband died.

“I would like to thank you all for your kindness, support and generosity throughout this difficult time,” she said on the Lansing Fire Department’s Facebook page. “I appreciate all the caring words and prayers that I have received from everyone. It gives me great pleasure knowing that my family and I are part of such a loving community, not just here in Lansing, but across the state and the country,” she said.

Dennis Rodeman died on Wednesday, September 9th, while collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill the Boot” campaign. Police say he was intentionally hit by a driver at the corner of Cedar and Jolly.

The community came to a standstill for a funeral that packed the Breslin Center, and people have donated more than $150,000 to a fund set up in the 35-year-old veteran’s honor.

Dennis and Kate Rodeman were married just a couple of months before he died. She is pregnant with their child.

“This wound that we carry in our hearts may not heal for a very long time, but we have trust that God would never give us a challenge in life that He did not think we could handle,” Kate Rodeman said. “Thank you again for all that you have done to support myself and my family and to honor Dennis. I will treasure it always.”

You can donate to the fund set up for Rodeman’s family at

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