Michigan firefighter dies after hit and run while collecting for charity

Michigan Fire FighterLansing, Mich. — (WILX) Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman died from injuries he got when he was hit by a truck while collecting for a charity at the corner of Jolly Road and Cedar Street on Wednesday afternoon. Lansing police tell wilx.com Rodeman had some sort of confrontation with a man in a white Chevy S-10 pickup. The truck drove off then circled back and hit Rodeman. A 22-year-old suspect is being held on charges of leaving the scene and fleeing & eluding.

Rodeman was 35-years-old and was a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department. He was collecting donations for a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser for muscular dystrophy.

Mayor Virg Bernero and representatives from the police and fire departments will hold a press conference at 8:30P.M. You can follow News 10 reporter Joy Wang on Twitter @JoyWILX for live updates. Stay with News 10 and wilx.com for updates after the press conference.

Mayor Bernero released the following statement about Dennis Rodeman’s death:

“On behalf of the Lansing Fire Department and the City of Lansing, it is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Fire Fighter Dennis Rodeman, a seven-year veteran of LFD, who was struck this afternoon by a hit-and-run driver in a senseless, unthinkable tragedy that has left all of us in a state of shock. We join the men and women of Lansing Fire and all citizens of Lansing in expressing our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues for this heartbreaking loss.

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