Funeral services for a longtime Silsbee volunteer firefighter have been set for this weekend
Silsbee Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Jay Hinkie, 61, of Silsbee, was struck by a car Wednesday while working a traffic accident along FM 418 just east of Highway 92 according to Silsbee Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Robin Jones.
Hinkie was transported to Christus St. Ellizabeth Hospital where he later died.
Visitation services for family and friends will be held from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday, August 5, at Broussard’s in Silsbee according to his obituary at Broussard's.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017, at the Silsbee High School Auditorium with an interment to follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Silsbee.
Flags have been at flying at half-staff at the all-volunteer fire department since Hinkie’s death.
Hinkie, who worked at the South Hampton Refinery in Silsbee for 43 years, had been a firefighter for the Silsbee Fire & Rescue for 26 years according to his obituary.
Silsbee Fire & Rescue District Chief Vince McClammy described Hinkie as a, “pillar of the department.”
The 100 Club of Southeast Texas, which helps the families of fallen officers and firefighters, will meet later Thursday to decide when to present Hinkie's family a check.
Hinkie's family will be the first family of a fallen firefighter to be assisted by the 100 Club.