After 27 years of fighting fires in his hometown of Robstown, volunteer firefighter Martin Buitron has retired.

To show appreciation of his service, the Robstown Fire Department and the community held a dinner celebration in his honor.

Robstown Fire Chief Richard Gonzalez said the department will miss his help on the field.

The department presented Buitron with a plaque of appreciation, firemen told stories about fires he fought and talked about how dedicated he has been.

"Once a member of this department, you are a member for life," Gonzalez said. "Marty dedicated his time, he didn't get a pay check, but he was always there."

The chief mentioned that in his time of volunteering, he didn't get injured on the job.

"It takes a special person to put their own lives in danger for the safety of others," he said.

City of Robstown Mayor Mandy Barrera thanked Buitron for his service to the community of Robstown.

"I know that I can sleep at night because this department is ready to protect our city," she said.

Buitron said he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren after retirement and that he will still be around town.