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Chief calls fallen firefighter 'a giver'

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WAYCROSS, GA (WTOC) -

The firefighter killed over the weekend was not only an experienced veteran but a teacher and mentor to others in the department, according to his boss.

Chief David Eddins said Lt. Jeff Little constantly shared wisdom and experience with younger team members at Waycross Fire.

"He was a giver." Eddins described. "He not only gave to the community by what he did as his job, he gave by investing in the future of this department by training people."

Eddins said Little and others went to a fire Sunday at 1009 Isabella Street. The house had been vacant for years and had no electricity connected.

"They had put out the fire and come back out to regroup and take a breather," the chief explained. " All that was left was hot spots and Jeff had gone back in to mop up."

Little went back in with a rookie fire fighter when the ceiling collapsed on them. Crews were able to reach the rookie quickly, but not Little.

Chief Eddins said state fire investigators have labeled the fire as arson. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 1.800.282.5804.

Visitation for Lt. Little will be Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. at Central Baptist Church on Ava Street. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the same location. Burial will be Friday in Little's hometown of Sylacauga, Alabama.

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