LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Family, friends and the governor gathered in Lansing just a couple of hours ago to honor fallen Lansing Firefighter Dennis Rodeman as a road was officially renamed after Rodeman.
Rodeman was killed in the line of duty in September while collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Fill the Boot campaign.
A section of Business Route I-96 in Lansing between Waverly and Cedar holds a special meaning after Wednesday.
“This is something in terms of naming this memorial highway, something that when Blake grows up and he has the opportunity to drive around Lansing to see this sign and to remember the importance his father played,” said Governor Rick Snyder.
Naming this stretch of road, Lansing Firefighter Dennis E. Rodeman Memorial Highway was something that many say speaks volumes to who Dennis was.
“This was thought of and brought to us by Firefighter Jason Stevens who heads up our honor guard and Jason had thought it would be a good idea to honor Dennis and support Kate. That’s been our motto through this whole thing and today we’re going to live that legacy of honoring Dennis that we shall never forget,” said Eric Weber, president, Lansing Firefighters Local 421.
It’s also personal for State Representative Tom Cochran who sponsored the bill. Cochran used to be the Lansing Fire Chief and knew Dennis Rodeman.
“I don’t know that you can bring closure to something like this but hopefully help his family heal,” said Rep. Tom Cochran, (D), Mason.
A special way to heal and drive his legacy.