Jeremy Hirsch of Hattiesburg is the president and co-founder of Spartan Mosquito, a widely successful insect attractant that draws the bloodsuckers into a sweet trap where they go to die.
With the Spartan Mosquito Eradicators, there’s no slapping, swatting or swearing around the pesky biters. So, when Hirsch uses the word “SWAT,” he’s talking about the Lamar County Special Weapons and Tactics team directed by Sheriff Danny Rigel.
At its Thursday, June 20 meeting, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors approved accepting a $16,000 donation from Spartan Mosquito to go to the SWAT team.
“We’ll use the money to buy new communication equipment for our entry team,” Rigel said Thursday afternoon. “The headsets we are using now are outdated.”
Hirsch said more businesses should support the efforts of the local law enforcement agencies.
“The brave individuals in blue put their lives on the line every day so that we may live peacefully,” he said. “It’s an absolute travesty that there exist many more capable companies in the Pine Belt — yet at the same time SWAT has needed this equipment for a very long time. We call on all people of the Pine Belt to take care of those individuals that make their lives possible. Godspeed to those that wear Blue.”