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EAST LANSING, Mich. - A fallen firefighter is being remembered Wednesday in Lansing.
Dennis Rodeman was killed last week while collecting donations for the MDA on an Lansing street. A driver, apparently angered by the traffic slowdown caused by the fundraiser allegedly intentionally ran Rodeman down.
"This person who was so angry, and likely had nowhere to go. Ya know, he ran across probably one of the most kind people he could run across. He just didn't know it," Lansing and East Lansing's fire chief Randy Talifarro said about the suspect, 22-year-old Grant Taylor.
"[Rodeman] was one of the most positive people in the department, and I always appreciated that," Talifarro said.
Wednesday's funeral was at the Breslin Center on Michigan State University's campus.
Reverend Marten Garn said, "Several of us have taken note of the fact that Dennis was a U of M fan and I asked Max, his father, last night what Dennis might have thought about today's gathering at the Breslin Center. And Max said, 'Oh he'd love it, he wore his Maize and Blue stuff over here all the time just to be that guy.'" The crowd chuckled.
Rodeman leaves behind his wife, Kate, who is pregnant with the couple's first born child.
"She is dealing with the weight of her loss through faith. Kate, your courage and strength this last week has amazed and inspired us. I pray in the days ahead, that you will drape yourself in the memory of Dennis and that the God of all comfort will grant you His peace that passes understanding," Doug Bradshaw, the Lansing Fire Department's fire chaplain told her.
After the funeral, a procession of fire trucks from around the country took Rodeman to the cemetery. The public lined the route, paying respects to Rodeman.