LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, Sept. 16 within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings in honor of Lansing firefighter Dennis E. Rodeman, who died Wednesday, Sept. 9.
“Dennis Rodeman was a dedicated public servant to the city of Lansing, our state and our country. The loss of this brave, selfless, and compassionate firefighter is a terrible tragedy,” Snyder said. “On behalf of all Michiganders, we send our support during this difficult time to all those who knew Dennis. We are forever indebted to him for his service and Sue and I offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Rodeman, 35, of Owosso, was a seven-year veteran firefighter with the Lansing Fire Department where he was also an emergency medical technician. He began his public service career at the local fire department in Vermontville, where he spent eight years serving as a volunteer firefighter. Rodeman was also a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran who served in Fallujah, Iraq. He was a graduate of Maple Valley High School in Vermontville.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Jack Breslin Student Event Center on the Michigan State University campus.
This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Thursday, Sept. 17.
When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
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