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Loved ones say goodbye to firefighter killed in arson fire

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This fire truck was part of Little's funeral procession Thursday. Source: WBRC video This fire truck was part of Little's funeral procession Thursday. Source: WBRC video
Lt. Jeff Little. Source: Family photo/WBRC video Lt. Jeff Little. Source: Family photo/WBRC video
CHILDERSBURG, AL (WBRC) -

Family and friends are saying goodbye to a fallen firefighter killed in an arson.

Lt. Jeff Little worked for 17 years with the Childersburg Fire Department before moving to Georgia. He was killed Dec. 15 while battling an arson fire at a vacant home in Waycross, Ga.

Thursday, hundreds gathered as Little's body was brought home.

"As a great man, as a man that would do anything for anybody, and go out of his way for anybody," David Little, Little's son, said.

That's how David wants his father remembered: as a hero.

Thursday people in Childersburg stood along the streets waving American flags as the hearse carrying Little's body passed by.

"I've seen a lot of parades but never anything like that. And it was not a parade but it was because we were celebrating Jeff's life," Little's brother, Andrew, said.

The news that Little had died while on duty was still a shock to his loved ones.

"It floored me literally," James Little, Little's brother, said.

James Little says he couldn't believe believe someone so full of life was gone.

"If you thought you knew a joke, he had it first and told it first and if you were telling it first, he told it for you...but more than that he was a hero," James Little said.

"That's the number one word to describe him; would be hero," Andrew Little said. "He loved his family, he loved his job, but most of all he loved God. That's what's getting us through all of this."

Little leaves behind a wife and two sons.

He will be buried Friday just down the road in his hometown of Sylacauga. Little's funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Sylacauga First Assembly off of Highway 280.

At that memorial service will be the United States honor flag. That is the actual flag that flew above Ground Zero in the days following 9/11. It now travels around the country to honor those public servants who make ultimate sacrifice.

 

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