LANSING, MI - He survived a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Marines, just got married two months ago, and was expecting a baby.
But Dennis Rodeman, 35, is dead after it appears a driver intentionally ran over the Michigan firefighter.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says, "You can't make sense of the tragedy, but I know that he died doing what he loved."
Rodeman and fellow firefighters were collecting money for a "fill the boot" campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Police say a man drove by and exchanged words with Rodeman, then turned around and hit the firefighter.
It gets worse. Rodeman's pregnant wife is a nurse. She was on shift at the hospital where he was taken before he died.
Lansing Police Dept. Chief Randy Talifarro says, "He was just a joy to work around and it is with a heavy heart that I stand before you to even discuss this."
The suspect was caught after a high-speed chase. There's no word about why he allegedly hit Rodeman. But no explanation will justify killing a firefighter, veteran, husband, and soon-to-be father.