Lt. David Jeff Little (Source: City of Waycross Fire Department)
WAYCROSS, GA (WTOC) -
A Lieutenant of the City of Waycross Fire Department lost his life on Sunday while working on a fire.
According to a spokesperson for the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, The City of Waycross Fire Department responded to a structure fire around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday.
The structure was located on the 1000 block of Isabella Street in Waycross. The structure had been vacant for several years and no utilities were connected. The home was completely destroyed and has been ruled an arson. Lt. Jeff Davis Little lost his life while working the structure fire. Under Georgia fire statutes this is now considered a murder case, according to spokesperson Glenn Allen of the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.
The City of Waycross Fire Department is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of 50-year-old Lieutenant David Jeff Little.
Little began his public safety career in 1981 in the private ambulance field. His fire service career began in April 1984 in Alabama as a Fire-Medic. While working at Childersburg Fire & Rescue in Alabama, he worked through the ranks holding several different positions within that department.
Little moved to Waycross in Nov. 2000, and had a brief employment with Ware State Prison before beginning his career with the Waycross Fire Department in Feb. 2002. In July 2013 he was promoted to his current rank and commands an Engine Company of three members.
According to Chief David Eddins, Jeff's loss hits deep into the heart and soul of this community and Fire Department.
Ralph T. Hudgens, Insurance of Safety and Fire Commissioner, sends his condolences to the Little Family and is asking for the public's assistance. An award of up to $10,000 has been issued. Anyone with information is asked to call 800.282.5804.
The Georgia State Fire Marshal, Waycross Police Department, and Waycross Fire Marshal have been working around the clock on this case.
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