In Memory


In MemoryLine of Duty Death
Jeff Little

Firefighters responded to the call to a fire at 1005 Isabella St., close to the Nichols Street intersection, at 20 minutes after midnight Sunday morning, December 15th 2013. Lt. Jeff Little, 50, died at Mayo Clinic Health System at 3:17 a.m. Sunday. He was taken there by ambulance after a ceiling collapsed on him in the unoccupied house where he was checking for hot spots after the fire had been effectively extinguished.

Little’s public safety career had begun in 1981. After graduating from Sylacauga High School, in Sylacauga, Ala., he attended Trenholm Technical College where he obtained his EMT-paramedic certification working in the private ambulance field. is fire service career started in  April 1984 with Childersburg Fire and Rescue in Childersburg, Ala., which is near Sylacauga. He was a fire-medic initially and worked up through the ranks, holding several different positions. In 1993, he was promoted to the rank of captain and Emergency Medical Services director and was responsible for the daily operations of the department’s paramedic rescue unit and three advanced life support transport units. In 1998 he became administrative captain/hazardous materials director. As haz-mat director, he directed the Level-A Hazardous Materials Response team.

As a training officer, he conducted fire and EMS training for the department’s career and volunteer firefighters and paramedics which ensure compliance with state and national continuing education guidelines.  Jeff held National Professional Qualifications Board (NPQ) certificates as Firefighter I and Firefighter II, fire and EMS instructor, fire investigator and hazardous material technician. He was also a self-contained breathing apparatus specialist, also known as a “Smoke Diver.”
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In MemoryLine of Duty Death
Jesse L. Crawfo
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Jesse L. Crawford had a heart attack while working on a house fire at 804 Gilmore Street on July 26, 1963.

He was pulling hose for firefighters inside the house when he fell to his knees in the yard from the heart attack. He was taken to the hospital and died there on August 7, 1963.

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In MemoryLine of Duty Death
Emmet J. Cook

Monday, June 6, 1955, at 7:28 PM, the Waycross Fire Department would again suffer a tragic loss. At the intersection of Tebeau Street and Brunswick Avenue, while responding to a call to 1210 Fair Street, the fire engine that Firefighter Emmet J. Cook was on was hit by Atlantic Coastline Passenger Train #17. Emmet was taken to the Ware County Hospital. He died 2 hours and 22 minutes after the accident. He was riding on the rear of the fire truck.

Firefighter I.D. Cornelius had stepped on the engine next to Emmet but stepped back off to stay with Houseman Fred Henderson in case a second alarm came in and they would have to man the third engine. Fire Chief Ralph Carpenter went on to the house not knowing what had just happened to his firefighters. He found a small fire behind the stove and extinguished it. It was not until he called to find out why the engines had not arrived that he learned of the tragedy.

Firefighter Cook was born and raised in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. He worked with the Columbus Fire Department before becoming a member of the Waycross Fire Department. He had been a member of the Waycross Fire Department for 4 years. Firefighter Emmet Cook was 48 years old. He was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery.
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In Memory
Line of Duty Death
Capt. Edsel Taylor

Monday, June 6, 1955, at 7:28 PM, the Waycross Fire Department would again suffer a tragic loss. At the intersection of Tebeau Street and Brunswick Avenue, while responding to a call to 1210 Fair Street, the fire engine that Captain Claude Edsel Taylor was on was hit by Atlantic Coastline Passenger Train #17. Captain Taylor was reported to have been riding on the right running board of the fire engine. He suffered major injuries and was taken to the hospital where he died Wednesday morning, June 8, 1955.
He was 27 years old.

Captain Taylor had been with the Waycross Fire Department for 5 years and served as Captain for 1 year. He graduated from Wacona High School in 1947. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1949. Captain Taylor organized the first Boy Scout troop in his home community of Waresboro. He was laid to rest in Oakland cemetery.
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In MemoryLine of Duty Death
Ike Register

On Tuesday afternoon February 3, 1942, I.M. “Ike” Register and Billy Ulmer had reported back from supper just in time to catch the second alarm to a call on Carswell Avenue. As they came to the intersection of Carswell Avenue and Nicholls Street a vehicle traveling south on Nicholls Street moved into the path of the fire engine driven by Ike. Eyewitness accounts stated that Ike tried to avoid the collision by swerving to the left but was unable to prevent the accident. The results of the collision caused the fire engine to flip straight over and land on the southwest corner of the intersection. Billy Ulmer, who was 64 at the time, was thrown from the fire engine but survived. Unfortunately Ike Register was pinned under the flipped fire engine. It was reported that he died instantly.

Ike Register was 51 years old. He was one of the first men in Waycross to enlist for World War I where he served with the 106th Engineers Division.