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Board approves benefits for fallen firefighter's family

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

City officials have approved death benefits for the family of a 35-year-old Lansing firefighter who died after being struck by a pickup truck while collecting donations for charity.

Lansing's Police and Fire Board on Tuesday approved the language in a new ordinance to ensure unborn children are eligible to receive benefits. The Lansing State Journal reports that the board also approved designating firefighter Dennis Rodeman's death as in the line of duty.

Police say the driver of a pickup truck intentionally struck Rodeman Sept. 9 at an intersection while the firefighter was on duty and collecting money for charity.

Rodeman's widow will receive the accumulation of his contributions to the retirement fund and a third of his final compensation. His unborn child will receive a quarter of Rodeman's final compensation.

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