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The Lookout | December 18, 2018

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LCC, community salute fallen firefighter Rodeman

LCC, community salute fallen firefighter Rodeman

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

A moment of silence occurred at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Shiawassee Street on Sept. 16 as the LCC community and others mourned the loss of Lansing Firefighter Dennis Rodeman.

Rodeman, 35, was struck and killed by a car during a charity event in south Lansing on Sept. 9.

The suspect, Grant Jacob Taylor, 22, has been charged with murder. He will serve a life sentence if found guilty.

Rodeman’s funeral procession passed by Lansing Fire Department No. 1, Rodeman’s home station. A caravan of fire engines led the procession down Shiawassee as fellow officers saluted their fallen comrade.

Lansing Firefighter Charles Staet talked about his time with Rodeman and his character.

“We worked together for seven years” Staet said. “He was a fantastic friend, a fantastic husband and a diehard Marine.”

“Rodie was always the one after a long day at the station that would make those comments completely out of left field where people would stop and look at him — and then everyone would start laughing,” Staet said.

Rodeman was a former LCC student. LCC President Brent Knight was one of the hundreds in attendance during the funeral procession.

“It was a sad day in Lansing; firefighters came throughout the state to pay tribute,” Knight said.  “It was very moving and a solemn processional.”

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