Community mourns fallen firefighter

By Brittany Anderson

A fallen firefighter and EMT of Jollyville Fire Department (JFD) in Austin was honored with a motorcade on Aug. 17.

A resident of Kyle, Dylan Rodiek, 34, joined JFD in March 2021. He was a recent graduate of Texas Fire Academy.

On Aug. 16, Rodiek was on duty and failed to respond to a medical call. Fellow firefighters later found Rodiek deceased in his bunk room upon returning to the fire station from a possible cardiac arrest.

Family and friends of Rodiek were escorted by Kyle Police Department and tearfully gathered on the Center Street overpass to see the motorcade. The motorcade was traveling from Georgetown to Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos to conduct a Wall of Honor.

In a Facebook post regarding Rodiek’s death, Austin Fire Department said that “Sadness is heavy in our department and many others across the region this afternoon…Dylan was always an enthusiastic employee who enjoyed serving the community.”

Rodiek leaves behind a wife, two daughters and many other friends and family members.

Photos by Brittany Anderson.



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Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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