UPDATE: 35-year-old Dennis Rodeman, the Lansing firefighter hit by a pickup truck this afternoon, has died from his injuries. According to wilx.com, he leaves behind a wife expecting their first child. Our thoughts and prayers, from the WMMQ family, go out to The Rodeman Family, and all of the Lansing Fire Department family as well.

 

 

An incredibly disturbing story is developing this afternoon in South Lansing. A Lansing firefighter collecting donations for Muscular Dystrophy Association's Fill The Boot campaign is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Jolly Road and Cedar Street around 3:30PM this afternoon. Multiple media reports suggest that the firefighter was intentionally hit by a motorist who fled from the scene.

wilx.com reports that Lansing Police Captain Jim Kraus said there was a brief altercation between the firefighter and the suspect. The suspect initially left the scene, turned around on Cedar, and struck the firefighter before fleeing.

According to wlns.com, witness accounts verify that information. Reportedly, a police chase ensued through multiple southside neighborhoods before the driver attempted to flee on foot. He was arrested shortly afterwards, just before 4:00PM. Pictures from the arrest scene show a mid-model White Chevy S-10 pickup with front end damage.The WLNS report says that the firefighter is at Sparrow Hospital with multiple fractures and other injuries.