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Two Arrested for Fire that Killed Waycross Firefighter

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The Waycross Police Department announced they arrested two men for the arson fire that claimed the life of Lt. Jeff Little of the Waycross Fire Department.

  The task force investigating the case consisting of the State Fire Marshal's office, ATF,  Detectives and Detective Staff with the Waycross Police Department and The Waycross Fire Marshal.

  The team developed information which led to the arrest after receiving a tip from the Arson Hotline operated by the State Fire Marshal's office.

  The two suspects were interviewed by members of the task force and arrests were made after the interviews were concluded. The suspects are 17-year-old Zachery Jacob Thompson of Waycross, GA. and 23-year-old Ronnie Joseph Cranford  of Waycross, GA.

   The Waycross Police Department says, "The entire community was devastated by the senseless loss of Lt. Little and were hoping for a resolution in the case.  The assistance given by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the ATF was invaluable. They really went beyond the norm to get this case solved offering and delivering all the special skills there agencies are famous for.  Our Detective Section did a tremendous job and worked extremely well with the other agencies to get the case resolved."

  Officials with the ATF say, "This has been a tragic loss for the Waycross Fire Department and community.  The ATF will continue to dedicate federal resources in partnership with local fire and law enforcement agencies in the pursuit of eradicating violent crime which threatens our citizens and those who risk their lives serving our communities."

   The two suspects were transported to the Ware County Jail and booked in the County Jail on Murder and Arson charges.

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