A Texas firefighter died Wednesday following a hospital stay and operation. Capt. Jim Clingenpeel, 38, served the Rosehill Volunteer Fire Department for eight years. He was stricken with chest pains while on duty June 10.

He was pulling hose and performing pump operations during routine training when the pains began.

"People noticed that he was not altogether there," said Assistant Chief Sylvia Gomez. "He had a lot of experience but he was making little mistakes."

Clingenpeel was admitted to the hospital the next day and underwent quadruple bypass surgery June 14. He died at Tomball Regional Hospital at 2:30 a.m. June 20. Gomez said they do not not know the cause of death, but autopsy results are pending.

The captain is survived by his wife Lori, who he married right after high school, and their sons James Lee, 16, and Johnathan Thomas, 12.

He served as treasurer on the department's board of directors and as a co-leader for the department's explorers program.

"He was one of our most dedicated members," Gomez said. "You could literally always count on him to be there."

Clingenpeel, who worked as a mechanic's helper, was also quite a character, Gomez said.

"He wouldn't let you leave until he told a funny joke or story," she said.

"He was kind of everybody's best friend."

Clingenpeel's funeral service was held Saturday, June 23 at the Southwinds Baptist Church in Tomball.

The Rosehill Volunteer Fire Department serves 5,000 people living in a primarily rural area of 90 square miles. It is located 40 miles from downtown Houston, and consists of 15 volunteers in 3 stations.

A memorial fund has been established at the First Bank of Texas, P.O. Box 520, Tomball, Texas 77377-0520. Donations can be made to the Rosehill Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Fund for Jim Clingenpeel, Account No. 3000707513.