With boots in hand the Magnolia Springs Volunteer Fire Department set out on a mission Sunday. Their goal was to collect donations for the West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department.
The department lost 9 firefighters Wednesday, and to these men and women, every firefighter is like family no matter where they serve.
"It doesn't matter where you're from you're a brother and you're part of the family. It's a big brotherhood and we strive to take care of each other," said Chief Jamie Hinton with the MSVFD.
"It's bittersweet you know it's good to be able to go over and help the guys we're aware of what we're going into when we get there, you know it's a brotherhood so we're looking forward to going there and doing anything we can for them while we're there for about 3 days," said Stacy Lay with the MSVFD.
Each donation dropped in the boot will be hand-delivered to the West, Texas Volunteer Fire Department later this week. It's a 12-hour drive that Chief Jamie Hinton is ready for.
"We're just going to hand them the money and let them do what they need to do with it, there's no strings attached. Burying 9 people that could be well over $50,000. A lot of these families weren't prepared for that," said Hinton.
The chief plans to leave Baldwin County for Texas on Thursday.