Many people at the Silsbee Volunteer Department would agree that Jay Hinkie not only dedicated a lot of time to the Silsbee community, but that he touched many lives in the community as well.
Beneath the flags at half-staff at the fire station, Fire Chief Robin Jones described a man who spent many years making people adore him.
"It's not easy to lose any firefighter at all, but especially one that will work with you like he would,” said Jones. “Everything he did was based on his faith.”
Hinkie would often volunteer at local schools and other organizations to educate children on the importance of fire safety.
"He was very involved in community affairs in Silsbee, the community is going to have some big shoes to fill,” stated Bobby Kelly, a volunteer firefighter who worker with Hinkie.
The department has received dozens of calls from the community asking how they can help the family of Hinkie.
“The phone calls have not stopped,” said Jones. No matter if we are paid or not, we are all one family and when we lose a brother, we all hurt."
Jones stated that Hinkie leaves behind a family that is still in mourning.