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 Port Arthur Police investigating fatal rollover wreck on Highway 73 Police: Multiple people injured in a T-bone accident on highway 12 in Vidor Mother dies of protein overdose Silsbee firefighter who was struck, killed while working wreck was a 'pillar of the department' Eclipse Safety Tips from Jim Gandy and Efren Afante VERIFY: Welding glasses safe to view eclipse? RAW: Pink dolphin playing in La. ship channel Woman praised for running after thieves during attempted auto burglary in Nederland US Attorney's Office indicts suspects connected to violent crimes in Southeast Texas Beaumont man charged with murder in Brace drive shooting More Stories "We've ran out," Solar Eclipse has Beaumont stores… Aug 19, 2017, 8:05 p.m. Volkswagen to revive popular microbus as electric vehicle Aug 19, 2017, 5:17 p.m. Beaumont high school football player being praised… Aug 19, 2017, 2:53 p.m.