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. © 2017 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 American Red Cross helps those affected by Harvey FEMA barges expected to arrive in Port Arthur in two days Beaumont residents needing water after Harvey Verify: Ford Park Euthanizing Dogs Residents leave homes as flood waters rise in North Beaumont Cemetery damaged by Harvey, graves unearthed Restraining order filed: Family members take action against nursing home Orange and Vidor police send strong message to looters FEMA Disaster Recovery Center stationed in Beaumont Harvey victims in Southeast Texas receiving food benefits More Stories Tent shelters for 250 being set up in Orange County,… Sep 21, 2017, 3:01 p.m. Faux fire marshal drove fire trucks, made calls with… Sep 21, 2017, 11:47 a.m. Silsbee High School defensive back disciplined for… Sep 20, 2017, 7:56 p.m.