A part of business 96 in Lansing officially became the “Lansing Firefighter Dennis E. Rodeman Memorial Highway”.
Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill back in April re-naming the stretch of road after Rodeman, who died in September 2015 after being hit by a car while collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill The Boot” campaign. It takes effect today.
Police and prosecutors say he was hit intentionally and the suspect, Grant Taylor, faces charges in Rodeman’s death.
Rodeman, who was 35, a former Marine and former member of the Vermontville Fire Department, had just been married and was expecting his first child. He had been with the Lansing Fire Department for 7 years.
“Knowing that this stretch of roadway will bear Dennis’ name and his memory will live on brings me much joy,” said Rodeman’s wife Kate in a statement after a bill signing ceremony in April. “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.”
The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Tom Cochran, a former Lansing fire chief.