Lansing Hero: Dennis Rodeman

$158,009 of $100k goal

Raised by 3,070 people in 15 months
CM
City of Lansing Michigan
on behalf of Tim Garver
 LANSING, MI
On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015, Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman was killed by a hit-and-run driver while participating in an annual fundraiser to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Firefighter Rodeman, a seven-year veteran of LFD, 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.

The City of Lansing, Lansing Fire Department and IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Local 421 have joined together to raise funds for the family of firefighter Rodeman. To do so, we formed this GoFundMe page. All of the funds collected will be deposited into a dedicated bank account set up by IAFF Local 421 for Rodeman's family.

Click here for a link to initial press release announcing this campaign

Please consider making a donation to the family of firefighter Dennis Rodeman.


#LansingHero

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Update 3
Posted by City of Lansing Michigan
14 months ago
A message from Katherine Rodeman:

I would like to thank you all for your kindness, support and generosity throughout this difficult time. I appreciate all the caring words and prayers that I have received from everyone. It gives me great pleasure knowing that my family and I are part of such a loving community, not just here in Lansing, but across the state and the country. This wound that we carry in our hearts may not heal for a very long time, but we have trust that God would never give us a challenge in life that He did not think we could handle. Thank you again for all that you have done to support myself and my family and to honor Dennis. I will treasure it always.

Katherine Rodeman
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Update 2
Posted by City of Lansing Michigan
15 months ago
We are proud to announce that through the efforts of generous donors from metro Lansing, across the nation and around the world, the $100,000 fundraising goal has been surpassed! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has continued to support the Rodeman family, both emotionally and financially. We appreciate the kindness and generosity that has been demonstrated toward our fallen Firefighter Dennis Rodeman, his family and the Lansing Fire Department in the last few days. Based on the continued interest in supporting the family of Firefighter Rodeman, we will keep this GoFundMe page active until further notice. We encourage individuals, organizations and businesses to continue supporting this vital effort through financial contributions and by promoting this page. All funds will be deposited in a dedicated bank account established by IAFF Local 421 and all proceeds will go directly to Firefighter Rodeman's family. Again, we can't thank you enough for your support during this difficult time. #LansingHero
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Update 1
Posted by City of Lansing Michigan
15 months ago
We appreciate everyone's continued support, best wishes and donations for Dennis Rodeman's family. We have reached our initial fundraising goal of $50,000 in only 10 hours! Based on this huge success, we have raised our goal to $100,000! All funds will be deposited into a dedicated bank account established by IAFF local 421 and will go directly to Rodeman's family. Again, we can't thank you enough for your support during this difficult time. #lansinghero
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Kim S Rodeman
15 months ago

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you!!

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Tesha Gelista
15 months ago

Whomever created this account really should raise the goal. Between funeral expenses, a house payment on a home they just bought together and a baby on the way... The costs will far exceed $50,000. It would be amazing to be able to see her pay her house off if she wanted to, to help alleviate a monthly expense that they expected to pay with 2 monthly incomes. Now there is only 1.

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Victoria Sutton Dillman
15 months ago

If love could of saved you...you would of lived forever. Rest in peace.

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June Test Castonguay
15 months ago

I agree that the goal should be raised even higher than 100,000. I was the mother of a 7 year old when my husband died unexpectedly. His life insurance policy exceeded 100,000 and you would be surprised how quickly it is used up when you are raising a child. Let's raise enough money to allow this precious woman to pay everything off and have enough left over to stay home with her baby, raise that child and send him or her off to college. Hugs to you Katherine.

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Karen Brock Dienhart
15 months ago

lets keep this going. This poor family will need more than $50,000.00 to help them through this horrible tragedy. Prayers to the family of this young hero.

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Hilary Riegel
15 months ago
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This family needs all the prayers they can get, this young man was my brother in laws cousin, i didnt know him personally but hear nothing but what an amazing person he was. His mother needs prayers also as she has a massive stroke today. Keep this going and keep them in your prayers

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Amy Bugden
15 months ago
5
5

This man lost his life doing his best to help others fight for theirs. Not only was he rasing money for such a worthy cause that I hold dearly to my heart, but everyday he helped people. He was a life saver. A Hero. What a senseless, heartless person to take this mans life. Such a tragedy he will never hold his new born child, such a tragedy that his child will always long for the hero that was taken from them mercilessly. What a sad world we live in. Rest in peace hero. Family are in my thoughts x

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Theresa Kunerth Kudla Ikels
15 months ago
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My deepest sympathy. There are no other words. RIP my Hero.

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Tammy McDaniel
15 months ago
5
5

Wish I could but I am on a monthly income and don't have anything until the 23rd. This is so sad.

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Amanda McClain
15 months ago
4
4

As this story spreads...reaching your new goal is attainable, I would consider leaving it open for 30 days or even 2 weeks. I know no amount of money will bring this man back, but if perfect strangers can make his families struggle a little less, then by all means keep it open. Nothing wrong with letting people help. Not even 1,500 people donated and raised over $60,00 that is amazing!

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Rosanne Ames
15 months ago
4
4

Let's step up Lansing by taking care of those who take care of us!

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Vicki Foster van Ginkel
15 months ago
3
3

My son and brother both have muscular dystrophy and are part of the mda family! He was out raising money for families like mine and he is truly a hero to us and many other families. Praying for friends and family during this very difficult time!!!

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Deborah Willey
15 months ago
3
3

RIP. I am praying for the family. May God comfort his wife and baby. I also pray for healing of his mother. Tragedy affects people in so many ways. It is so sad that someone can in an instant change the course of so many lives. Thank you Sir for your service to your country and your community. You are truly a hero. RIP

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Dina Lynn James-Miller
15 months ago
3
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It purely amazes me how so many can come together during tragedy or need! I am so proud to have personally know Dennis and his family. They are loved by so many in our little town. Dennis is and always will be our hometown hero!! Thanks for the out pouring of love to him and his loved ones. You have no idea the true impact you see making by donating even a small amount. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

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Michelle Szilagyi Decker
15 months ago
2
2

I would love to see the 100,000 goal passed, and let's keep it going!

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Sheryl Welch
15 months ago
2
2

My heart goes out to Mrs. Rodeman and their growing child...I'm so sorry for your terribly tragic loss! I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our community as well as across the country, and I hope the family, friends and loved ones feels their support and kindness. While I didn't know him personally, I trust that Dennis walked with the same love and compassion that is being reflected back to his loved ones in the wake of his untimely passing. May he rest in peace and continue his watch over his family and loved ones.

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Lila Napier Dennis
15 months ago
2
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No words could say to child how there daddy isnt here heaven gained a great man donations shouldnt have limit let the public help aman

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Linda Ells McDiarmid
15 months ago
2
2

I hope when things settle down that someone will help her go through all the papers for survivors benefits on his social security benefits as well to help raise the new baby.

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Jessica Kvatek
15 months ago
2
2

Least tbat we can do for one that risked his life for others. Sorry for your loss :'(

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Brenda Wiechers
15 months ago
2
2

Terrible tragedy. I hope that his family, friends, and colleagues will find some peace in the love and compassion being directed their way.

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$158,009 of $100k goal

Raised by 3,070 people in 15 months
Created September 10, 2015
CM
City of Lansing Michigan  
on behalf of Tim Garver
$25
Anonymous
3 months ago
WF
$100
William Funk
7 months ago

Blessings....... It was a honor serving with Dennis.......USMC

JB
$100
John Bauer
8 months ago (Monthly Donation)
PM
$25
Patrick McFall
8 months ago
JB
$100
John Bauer
9 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$73
Anonymous
9 months ago
JB
$100
John Bauer
10 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$510
Anonymous
10 months ago
I5
$100
Iron Mountain Fire Local 554
10 months ago
IL
$150
Ingham Parole Office Lansing
10 months ago
Kim S Rodeman
15 months ago

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you!!

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Tesha Gelista
15 months ago

Whomever created this account really should raise the goal. Between funeral expenses, a house payment on a home they just bought together and a baby on the way... The costs will far exceed $50,000. It would be amazing to be able to see her pay her house off if she wanted to, to help alleviate a monthly expense that they expected to pay with 2 monthly incomes. Now there is only 1.

+ Read More
Victoria Sutton Dillman
15 months ago

If love could of saved you...you would of lived forever. Rest in peace.

+ Read More
June Test Castonguay
15 months ago

I agree that the goal should be raised even higher than 100,000. I was the mother of a 7 year old when my husband died unexpectedly. His life insurance policy exceeded 100,000 and you would be surprised how quickly it is used up when you are raising a child. Let's raise enough money to allow this precious woman to pay everything off and have enough left over to stay home with her baby, raise that child and send him or her off to college. Hugs to you Katherine.

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Karen Brock Dienhart
15 months ago

lets keep this going. This poor family will need more than $50,000.00 to help them through this horrible tragedy. Prayers to the family of this young hero.

+ Read More
Hilary Riegel
15 months ago
9
9

This family needs all the prayers they can get, this young man was my brother in laws cousin, i didnt know him personally but hear nothing but what an amazing person he was. His mother needs prayers also as she has a massive stroke today. Keep this going and keep them in your prayers

+ Read More
Amy Bugden
15 months ago
5
5

This man lost his life doing his best to help others fight for theirs. Not only was he rasing money for such a worthy cause that I hold dearly to my heart, but everyday he helped people. He was a life saver. A Hero. What a senseless, heartless person to take this mans life. Such a tragedy he will never hold his new born child, such a tragedy that his child will always long for the hero that was taken from them mercilessly. What a sad world we live in. Rest in peace hero. Family are in my thoughts x

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Theresa Kunerth Kudla Ikels
15 months ago
5
5

My deepest sympathy. There are no other words. RIP my Hero.

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Tammy McDaniel
15 months ago
5
5

Wish I could but I am on a monthly income and don't have anything until the 23rd. This is so sad.

+ Read More
Amanda McClain
15 months ago
4
4

As this story spreads...reaching your new goal is attainable, I would consider leaving it open for 30 days or even 2 weeks. I know no amount of money will bring this man back, but if perfect strangers can make his families struggle a little less, then by all means keep it open. Nothing wrong with letting people help. Not even 1,500 people donated and raised over $60,00 that is amazing!

+ Read More
Rosanne Ames
15 months ago
4
4

Let's step up Lansing by taking care of those who take care of us!

+ Read More
Vicki Foster van Ginkel
15 months ago
3
3

My son and brother both have muscular dystrophy and are part of the mda family! He was out raising money for families like mine and he is truly a hero to us and many other families. Praying for friends and family during this very difficult time!!!

+ Read More
Deborah Willey
15 months ago
3
3

RIP. I am praying for the family. May God comfort his wife and baby. I also pray for healing of his mother. Tragedy affects people in so many ways. It is so sad that someone can in an instant change the course of so many lives. Thank you Sir for your service to your country and your community. You are truly a hero. RIP

+ Read More
Dina Lynn James-Miller
15 months ago
3
3

It purely amazes me how so many can come together during tragedy or need! I am so proud to have personally know Dennis and his family. They are loved by so many in our little town. Dennis is and always will be our hometown hero!! Thanks for the out pouring of love to him and his loved ones. You have no idea the true impact you see making by donating even a small amount. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

+ Read More
Michelle Szilagyi Decker
15 months ago
2
2

I would love to see the 100,000 goal passed, and let's keep it going!

+ Read More
Sheryl Welch
15 months ago
2
2

My heart goes out to Mrs. Rodeman and their growing child...I'm so sorry for your terribly tragic loss! I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our community as well as across the country, and I hope the family, friends and loved ones feels their support and kindness. While I didn't know him personally, I trust that Dennis walked with the same love and compassion that is being reflected back to his loved ones in the wake of his untimely passing. May he rest in peace and continue his watch over his family and loved ones.

+ Read More
Lila Napier Dennis
15 months ago
2
2

No words could say to child how there daddy isnt here heaven gained a great man donations shouldnt have limit let the public help aman

+ Read More
Linda Ells McDiarmid
15 months ago
2
2

I hope when things settle down that someone will help her go through all the papers for survivors benefits on his social security benefits as well to help raise the new baby.

+ Read More
Jessica Kvatek
15 months ago
2
2

Least tbat we can do for one that risked his life for others. Sorry for your loss :'(

+ Read More
Brenda Wiechers
15 months ago
2
2

Terrible tragedy. I hope that his family, friends, and colleagues will find some peace in the love and compassion being directed their way.

+ Read More
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