Driver intentionally runs over and kills firefighter working for charity

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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.


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