LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Governor Rick Snyder held a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday to rename a portion of Business Route I-96 as “Lansing Firefighter Dennis E. Rodeman Memorial Highway.”
Rodeman, 35 was killed on Sept. 9, 2015 by a hit and run driver during a fundraiser.
State Rep. Tom Cochran, the bill’s sponsor will join Governor Snyder.
Rodeman’s family and fellow Lansing firefighters also attended the signing.
Prior to the bill signing, the fallen firefighter’s widow released a statement. Kate Rodeman said, “I would like to Thank You for respecting my desire to remain private and be here for my son and family as we honor my husband Dennis and the work of so many here today. I want to start by Thanking Governor Snyder for accepting the invitation to come to the firehouse to sign today’s bill. This is the firehouse Dennis was assigned to and called home. Being that all of you are gathered here today in honor of Dennis brings me and my family great pride. Knowing that this stretch of roadway will bear Dennis’ name and his memory will live on brings me much joy. The citizens of Lansing and its visitors will see Dennis’ name and perhaps spur them to ask or look up ‘Who was Dennis Rodeman’ and they will realize the great man he was and that his service will never be forgotten.
Again Thank You for coming today and covering the work of so many great people making sure that Dennis’ name lives on. Thank You to the command staff and crew of Lansing Fire for the love, support and bringing all of us together for today. I look forward to the day we are able to go to the site where the signs will display my husband’s name, so that we may ‘Never Forget.'”