Lansing firefighter dies following deliberate hit-and-run during charity event

Lansing firefighter dies following deliberate hit-and-run during charity event

According to media reports Friday, a 22-year-old man has been charged with murder of a firefighter.

Grant Taylor is accused of intentionally running down 35-year-old Dennis Rodeman on Wednesday.

Police say Taylor targeted the firefighter as the local hero was raising money for charity, reports Click On Detroit.

Taylor also is charged with failing to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident causing death, and two counts of fleeing and eluding.

Rodeman was participating in an annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters when he was hit about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Now Dennis Rodeman’s firehouse family is raising money for the wife and unborn baby he left behind.

Well-liked: Fire Chief Randy Talifarro descbied Rodeman (right) as a highly regarded colleague with an 'unblemished' work record who was a joy to be around

Well-liked: Fire Chief Randy Talifarro descbied Rodeman (right) as a highly regarded colleague with an ‘unblemished’ work record who was a joy to be around

Rodeman, 35, was fundraising for the MDA’s “Fill the Boot” campaign Wednesday night in Lansing. Police say Taylor became angry with firefighters for holding up traffic. Words were exchanged and witnesses tell police Taylor circled back and struck Rodeman.

Taylor took off in his white truck but police tracked him down to his Lansing neighborhood where he was arrested.

Grant Jacob Taylor is charged with murder, failing to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident causing death and two counts of third degree fleeing and eluding in the death of Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was collecting donations for a charity when he was struck.

Grant Jacob Taylor is charged with murder, failing to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident causing death and two counts of third degree fleeing and eluding in the death of Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who was collecting donations for a charity when he was struck.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernaro released the following statement about 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.

While his extraordinary life story will be told in the days ahead, we know that Fire Fighter Rodeman was also a veteran of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion of the 24th Marine Regiment, United States Marine Corps. He served his country with great pride, bravery and ability, having survived a tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq, one of the most dangerous places in the world. It is beyond comprehension that this American hero lost his life on the streets of Lansing while collecting charitable contributions for children afflicted by muscular dystrophy.

May the memory of Lansing Fire Fighter and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dennis Rodeman – a hero twice over – be forever etched in the hearts and minds of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

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