Fire Chief - Jimmy Purcell
Chief Jimmy Purcell graduated from Sabine High School in 1988. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Liberty City Volunteer Fire Department until 1990. He then enrolled in the Kilgore College Fire Academy class number 4. After the academy, he became a volulnteer firefighter for the Gladewater Fire Department until 1991 when he was hired as a paid Firefighter/EMT. During his time with Gladewater, he attended the Police Academy at night and obtained his Peace Officer certification. He was employed with Gladewater Fire Department until he was hired by Gregg County in 1994. He was assigned to the Gregg County Airport as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Police Officer, and EMT. After some time there, he returned to Gladewater Fire Department because the airport was too slow for him and he was promoted to Lieutenant Firefighter, EMT and Arson Investigator until 1998. He was then hired with Longview Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. In 2003, he was promoted into the Fire Marshal Office as a Deputy Fire Marshal. Jimmy was the first Deputy Fire Marshal for Longview to have an Arson K-9 to assist with arson investigation. K-9 "Tori" worked for LFD for 3 years until she retired early due to health reasons, but before she retired she traveled all over East Texas to assist in investigations. Chief Purcell retired from LFD after 20.5 years on July 31, 2019. Chief Purcell also had many part time jobs from 2001-2019. Some of those jobs were as an instructor for Kilgore College Fire Academy, onsite and online, Fire Instructor for Fire in Texas Online Academy, Gregg County Deputy Fire Marshal, and Pine Tree ISD Resource Officer, which he still does when he can find time. Over the years in fire service, he has achieved many certifications. Those include Peace Officer, Master Firefighter, Master Arson Investigator, Master Inspector, Master ARFF, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor II, Certified Internal Affairs Investigator, Juvenile Fire Setter Specialist and Paramedic. The citizens of White Oak are benefiting greatly from his desire to continue serving in fire service and his leadership stands out in all he does.