Cops: Intentional hit-and-run killed Michigan firefighter

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Police in Michigan have actually apprehended the motorist of a pickup truck who they think purposefully struck a fireman standing in a road gathering money for charity, eliminating him.

Dennis Rodeman, a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department, passed away Wednesday night, Mayor Virg Bernero said.

The 35-year-old Rodeman, who likewise served in the U.S. Marines in Iraq, according to the mayor, was struck about 3:40 p.m. He and other firefighters were participating in a yearly fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighters, authorities said.

“This is a stunning and unthinkable catastrophe. … Dennis was cut down in an instant, doing exactly what he loved, what he believed in, what he believed in the majority of: helping other individuals,” Bernero stated at a press conference.

Rodeman was wed two months ago, and he and his other half were anticipating their very first youngster, Fire Chief Randy Talifarro said.

A “traffic altercation” preceded Rodeman being hit, Lansing authorities Capt. Jim Kraus told the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1UCKEQS ).

“The suspect came over, was upset for whatever reason (and) circled back around” before striking the firefighter, Kraus stated. “The preliminary examination is that he purposely struck the firefighter.”

Rodeman was wearing a reflective vest and other equipment and was standing in the road’s center turning lane.

Tionna Davis informed the paper she was driving in the location and saw the pick-up swerve from one lane to another before Rodeman was struck.

“He actually tried to hit him,” she said.

The truck fled the scene, authorities stated. The motorist eventually stopped the vehicle and ran away on foot, however policeman caught him. The 22-year-old suspect’s name had not been immediately released.

District attorneys might submit charges Thursday. Authorities Chief Michael Yankowski said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder and felony getting away and avoiding.

Talifarro called Rodeman’s death “a tremendous loss.”

He explained the fireman as an extremely concerned colleague with an “unblemished” work record.

“He was a joy to work around,” Talifarro said.

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