Close Hundreds of Volunteer firefighters risk their lives daily to serve Southeast Texas Hundreds of Volunteer firefighters risk their lives daily to serve SETX Juan Rodriguez, KBMT 10:48 PM. CDT August 03, 2017 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST LUMBERTON - The death of Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie hits close to home for many Southeast Texans, especially those who serve the community as volunteer firefighters. At the Lumberton Volunteer Fire Department, you can feel the sorrow. "It makes you sit back and be thankful for all the men that you have and be vigilant because it's very dangerous," says Chief Jeff McNeel, with the Lumberton Fire Department. For Chief McNeel, this incident is a reminder to always show care for all his firefighters, especially the 34 volunteers. Those like Jimmy Priest, who has served for almost 40 years. "I just want to serve the community," Priest says. And like him, there are hundreds of other fellow volunteers across Southeast Texas. Of the 64 Fire Departments in the Counties of Jefferson, Orange, Jasper, Newton, Hardin, Tyler, and Chambers, 52 of them are run by volunteers. There are more people that volunteer in fire departments across Southeast Texas than you think. Check out these numbers. pic.twitter.com/HGCYXgfbO7— JuanRodríguez 12News (@_JuanRodriguez_) August 4, 2017 "They have to have courage," says Chief McNeel. The loss of Silsbee Assistant Chief Jay Hinkie is an example of that bravery and courage. "It just saddens us to see things go as is," Priest says. "People don't realize, but it hurts," he explains. Firefighters remember Hinkie as a hero and a man who lived his life for the service of others. © 2018 KBMT-TV CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS Jasper County Sheriff's deputies investigating death of Tristan Dilley Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay shooting - What we know Custody case of child found clinging to mother's body in flood waters postponed Railing on the Red Cross: Help for Denied Applicants 11 new features in IOS 11 Silsbee teen's little brother discovered her fatally shot in bed Sunday evening This ad will end in 13 seconds. UP NEXT: Railing on the Red Cross: Help for Denied Applicants RANKED In Last 24H 00:48 Don't Fall For This Netflix Scam WATCHED BY of viewers like you 04:30 Port Arthur man recalls dramatic moments while gunman opens fire in Las Vegas WATCHED BY of viewers like you President Trump remarks on Las Vegas shooting IN TOP New Videos 00:38 Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay shooting - What we know W Salvation Army contnues to provide recovery efforts a month after Harvey Shooting survivors want more than prayers for Las Vegas HPD: Man kills his mom, critically wounds dad Segment One of Blitz - 9/29/17 More Stories SCHOOL CLOSURES | Some Southeast Texas districts… Jan 15, 2018, 4:33 p.m. Cold front brings chance of winter weather, cold air Jul 11, 2016, 3:59 p.m. Racial slurs left on t-shirt stretched over Newton… Jan 15, 2018, 10:51 a.m.