In 2020, Dylan decided to switch careers and become a firefighter. He worked diligently to earn his EMT certification and graduated from the fire academy in his mid-30s, holding his own and often exceeding much younger cadets in his class. Even there, Dylan’s true character was evident, as his home soon became the study hall and training camp for his peers, who looked to him as a companion, friend, and leader.
Dylan joined the Jollyville Fire Department in March 2021. He would gleefully call on his way home from his shift to discuss training, new hoses, hose pressure, driving techniques, or the folks he was able to help in emergencies. It was thrilling to hear him tell the story of fighting his first fire.
On the morning of August 16, 2021, Dylan died in the line of duty. His early passage is a tragedy for the countless people he cared for, befriended, and protected to the best of his abilities. Dylan Brooks Rodiek was someone who brought joy merely by his presence and cemented it with his words and action.
His memory will be cherished by his wife, two daughters, mother, father, brother, family, and friends.
Rest In Peace.