Chief Robert W. Little
Chief Robert W. Little Jr., who retired from the York, Pa., Fire Department in 1976, died July 22 at the age of 57 after a long illness. In the fire service for 30 years, Chief Little started as a volunteer fire fighter in 1946, and became the first volunteer of Lincoln Engine Co. 9 to become a paid fire fighter. In 1960 he was appointed assistant chief, the first time in the fire department’s history that a paid fire fighter made a chief officer position.
When he retired in 1976 after 13 years as chief, he had served three terms on the board of directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He then joined Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services Inc.
Chief Little was known for developing a wide-range fire prevention system for business, individuals and industry, and for setting up a training program for fire fighters, and a microfilm system for fire fighters to familiarize themselves with building floor plans.