Reward offered in arson that killed former Childersburg fire cap

Reward offered in arson that killed former Childersburg fire captain

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Lt. Jeff Little. Lt. Jeff Little.
WAYCROSS, GA (WBRC) -

A reward is being offered for information in an arson that killed a firefighter with Alabama ties.

Lt. Jeff Little, 50, was killed responding to a fire at a vacant home with the Waycross Fire Department shortly after midnight on Sunday, Dec. 15. Little died after the structure collapsed on him.

Lt. Little served as Captain for the Childersburg Fire Department in Alabama for 17 years. He then worked with the Waycross Fire Department for 12 years.

The fire has been ruled an arson and the state of Georgia is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Flags flew at half staff outside the Waycross department Monday to honor Little's memory. His fellow firefighters describe him as a true professional and someone who had taught and trained so many firefighters. They also remember him as a prankster who loved to make people laugh.

Little was born and raised in Sylacauga. Capt. Jeff Monroe of the Childersburg Fire Department says he fell to his knees when he heard of Little's death. He says he was shocked at the news in spite of knowing the dangers of the jobs.

"It's always something you read or hear about," he said. "But that's what's so shocking to me...it's like your second family."

There will be a memorial service for Little Wednesday in Georgia. His body will be transported back to Alabama by fire truck Thursday and his funeral will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 in Sylacauga at Curtis and Son's Funeral Home.

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