Fireflies and the Fire Service

By Chief Jared Meeker

IMG_9801I was lucky growing up in a rural town in Pennsylvania to have a large backyard for my friends to come and play both day and night. After the nighttime game of hide-and-seek ended, we would borrow some of my mother’s canning jars and go catch the fireflies that lit up the backyard. Some people know these small flying beetles that emit light from their tail section as lightning bugs.

We would capture these fireflies in the glass jar just to watch them light up, or sometimes we’d hold a competition to see who could catch the most. Then at the end of the night, we would release them all for the ability to catch them another evening. Continue reading