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A Tale of Two Unrelated Tragedies

The Harris County Journal of Hamilton, Georgia

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Toward the end of 2013 there were two tragedies that cost lives.

The first involved the death of actor Paul Walker on November 30.

Walker's death has been reported over and over again. He was a child actor, grew up in the Hollywood scene, and enjoyed a breakout role in the first "Fast and Furious" production.

That film served as a springboard as Walker went on to star in future renditions of the film franchise in which fast cars factored more than the abilities of the actors.

While it is unlikely that we will ever know what actually happened, on that fateful day Walker was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He was apparently a passenger in a high performance car, traveling too fast and not in the controlled environment of a film shoot. Reported to be traveling 90 miles per hour in a 45 zone, the car struck a utility pole and tree, killing both Walker and the driver.

Some people cannot stop talking, and lamenting, the untimely death of Walker -almost to the point of canonizing him.

Paul Walker's death had no meaning.

Yes, he did help start and helped fund some notable projects. But throwing money at a cause is much different than actually getting involved.

WHILE MANY of you likely saw Paul Walker on theater and television screens, it is unlikely that any of you knew Jeff Little.

Jeff Little died on Sunday, December 15.

On that day, Lt. Jeff Little was among a group of firefighters that responded to a structure fire in Waycross.

Firefighters were inside the house battling the fire when the roof collapsed and somehow Little became trapped.

What transpired that caused Little to become trapped has not yet been released. Nor do we know what the ultimate cause of his death was, but that is not really important.

The fact is that Little sacrificed his life serving others.

"Jeff's loss hits deep into the heart and soul of this community and fire department," said Waycross Fire Chief

David Eddins.

Hundreds of people, including a large number of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMS personnel, attended the memorial service held for Little in Waycross.

Little was originally from Sylacauga, Alabama, and just before Christmas his body was transported back to his Alabama home for burial.

From Waycross to Tifton and through Macon before heading west near Atlanta, the procession traveled about 300 miles. With the procession were firefighters and other emergency services personnel.

Along the route firefighters from throughout the state provided an honor guard and paid their respects, saluting Lt. Little as he passed by on his way home for the final time.

The investigation into the fire determined it was arson. Two people have been arrested and charged with arson and murder.

Paul Walker was an actor, but not one accomplished enough to stand among the great actors and actresses.

Lt. Jeff Little was a real hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Paul Walker's death was Carried on news reports ad nauseum, and continues to be reported on main stream media.

Outside of Georgia and Alabama, few heard of the death of Lt. Jeff Little.

Paul Walker's job as an actor involved no real danger.

Lt. Jeff Little's job was very dangerous, as proved by his tragic line of duty death.

It is a sad commentary that Paul Walker received accolade after accolade - for being an actor.

The sacrifice of Lt. Jeff Little passed unnoticed by the vast majority of people including President Obama who was quick to order flags at half-staff for somebody not even an American.

What a sad commentary.

That's my opinion.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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