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Family, friends remember a fallen firefighter

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Communities in two states mourn the loss of a firefighter who died in the line of duty.

Lt. Jeff Little died Sunday in Waycross, Georgia.  A roof collapsed on a burning house, trapping him.  The fire was later ruled arson and two people were arrested. Lt. Little worked for 17 years in Childersburg before moving to Georgia.  His processional stretched between Waycross and Sylacauga.  Seven hours and 300 miles; and at every point along the way there were firefighters saluting him.

"There's been over 1,000 individuals who have made this happen today," Jeff Monroe, a co-worker said.

'Firemen are the ones who go in when we are running out," Andrew Little, brother said.

It's easy to see Lt. Jeff Little wasn't just a fire-fighter. 

"We traveled through Cleburne, Calhoun, and Talledega Counties and there have been police officers, fire personnel, EMS personnel all the way," Monroe said.

Little was a hero in the true sense of the word, putting his own life at risk to save others.

"That is the risk they take every time they go out on a fire or to an incident,' Cindy Monroe, who attended the processional said. "You never know what awaits. You never know what's around the corner."

"It's an emotional issue for everyone involved," Asst. Chief Morgan Arnold, who worked with Little said.

Childersburg Assistant Chief, Morgan Arnold, trained him in the academy then served alongside him as Lt. Little climbed the ranks to captain.

"He wouldn't ask anyone to do anything he hadn't done or wouldn't do himself," Arnold said.

"There's a lot of people walking around today because of Jeff," Andrew Little said. "He loved his family, he loved his job and he loved God and that's what gets us through all of this."

"When it came time to be professional, he was professional," James Little, a brother said. "When it came time to joke around, you couldn't top him."

But the biggest tribute to Lt. Little's legacy is in his son. David Little graduates  in May and has decided - to follow in his father's footsteps as a fire fighter.

"A man that would do anything for anybody and go out of his way to do anything for anybody," David Little said.

"A lot of people loved him and I think you see that today," Monroe said. "He had a family who loved him and his co-workers respected him. What more could you ask? What more of a legacy could you leave?"

The funeral is at 1pm Friday at the First Assembly of God Church in Sylacauga.


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