Annual “Fill the boot” campaign remembers Dennis Rodeman


OKEMOS, Mich. (WLNS) – Another year has come and gone but fallen Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman still lives on in our hearts.

“It’s unthinkable to us at this time, there are no words,” a Lansing firefighter said during the time of this tragedy.

Rodeman was raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at a southside Lansing intersection when he was struck and killed by a vehicle last September.

“Ya know we’re going to help out at charitable event…ya know one guy doesn’t come home and that’s one of those things that you can’t really prepare yourself for,” a second Lansing firefighter also mentioned.

But this year, Meridian Township firefighters are keeping Rodeman in their minds as they continue to raise money for MDA.

“I think he’d be very proud, I think it was, it sounds like an organization that he was very fond of,” Meridian Township Firefighter/Paramedic Sam Gwinn said.

“I definitely think he’d want everybody to continue going out and filling the boot and so it just means that much more,” Executive Director of MDA Jacquelen Timm stated.

And this year, the fire department is taking extra precautions.

“After seeing what happened last year I’m not gonna ask any of my guys or gals to come in the streets,” Meridian Township Firefighter/Paramedic John McDermott said.

“I’d say that we’ve done everything that we’re supposed to do, all of our safety precautions are in place, we don’t have any traffic back here, the roads are blocked,” Gwinn stated.

But ultimately Dennis Rodeman lives on…not only in the fire department’s hearts, but within the community as well.

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