David Jeff Little

Lieutenant Little and the members of his fire department responded to a structure fire in a residence. Lieutenant Little and his crew were assigned to search the structure due to a bystander report of someone in the house. The search was negative and other crews completed extinguishment of the fire.

As another crew overhauled the interior of the structure, Lieutenant Little took a new firefighter assigned to his crew back inside of the building to provide some educational pointers about the fire and the structure. A ceiling collapse occurred. The firefighter was able to escape but Lieutenant Little was trapped in the debris.

Firefighters were able to free Lieutenant Little and he was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead due to crushing injuries.

After the fire, it was learned that the house was vacant and had been condemned. Two individuals were charged with arson and murder in association with this incident.

Incident Location: 1000 block of Isabella Street (USNG: 17R LQ 6988 5386)

Department Information

Waycross Fire Department
1820 Mary Street
USNG: 17R LQ 6864 5381
Waycross, Georgia 31503-7966

Chief: Chief David Eddins

David Jeff Little was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 50 
Rank: Lieutenant 
Classification: Career 
Incident date: Dec 15, 2013 00:20
Date of death: Dec 15, 2013 
Cause of death: Collapse 
Nature of death: Crushed 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential