Man Down! – Suicide Scene Cleanup

Man Down! – Suicide Scene Cleanup: In order to protect current and future inhabitants of a dwelling, professional technicians should be called in to clean and sanitize any trauma site.

Advanced Bio-Treatment deploys certified technicians employed with the latest technology and detailed knowledge and experience to make sure that no disease or potential health risk is left behind.

We take pride in knowing that not only can we help restore your home but we can give you a little peace of mind after tragic circumstances lead us to you.

We do a lot of work in Washington D.C. With all the monuments celebrating great people and historic events it’s easy to remember that all the freedoms we enjoy come at a great price. Every single day members of our armed forces put themselves in the line of fire to preserve those freedoms and to try to ensure them for others. For that we give them the ultimate respect for their duty and sacrifice.

Unfortunately, respect doesn’t help the men and women that return from deployments cope with the problems that they struggle with. The readjustment to civilian life after spending time deployed can be just as difficult as dealing with the horrors of war for some of these brave people.

Sadly, even though our soldiers can leave the active combat zones, the memories of the atrocities witnessed can haunt them upon their return.

Some are unable to cope with it and see suicide as their only way out.

We got a call from a homeowner in D.C. who needed help restoring his home. His tenant had unfortunately ended his own life. We grabbed our equipment and headed out to this small middle class home.

Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by the homeowner who thanked us for such a prompt response. While being led inside he explained to us that his tenant was a young Marine who had served 4 consecutive tours in Iraq before he was honorably discharged after suffering a severe injury that nearly cost him his leg. That same blast also took 4 of his Marine brothers and the homeowner felt that his tenant was carrying the weight of their deaths with him.

Even though the Marine was receiving counseling to help adjust to civilian life the progress he made quickly regressed and the Marine ended up going into a dark spiral of depression of which he was unable to recover.

Standing in this man’s bedroom I stared at the aftermath of this man’s broken life. He ended it with as much dignity he could muster. He put on his dress uniform, carefully left his last letters on the bed then shot himself in the head with a small pistol. There was blood and brain matter left all over the walls and floor and in the puddle on the floor laid a silver laptop with USMC written on it.

Scenes like this really underscore the need for professional assistance in clean up. Not only are there risks in the bio-hazardous materials we had to dispose of but the strength of the cleaners needed to properly sanitize a scene are strong enough to pose a risk if not handled correctly.

During the job I couldn’t lose this feeling of sadness and despair. Suicides are always tragic but when it happens to one of our heroes it cuts to the core. Here was a man who fought for us and others in another country 4 separate times. He spent every day protecting his brothers and sisters-in-arms and the loss of them was so great to him that he gave up the fight, alone in his bedroom.

If the mental scars of war were as visible as the physical ones then maybe we could more easily get our vets the help they deserve upon their return home. My job is tough but compared to what this man did it seems like nothing. Semper Fi, Marine. Your bravery will never be forgotten.

If you or someone you know needs the services of Advanced Bio Treatment just know that we are here 24/7. Call us for answers, guidance or immediate service at  800-295-1684

 

More Than Meets The Eye

Advanced Bio Treatment: More Than Meets The Eye: Blood Cleanup
This picture has more to it than what you see at face value.

We didn’t share the brain matter or the all the visceral chunks this time. Sometimes just a little “tease” is enough to get the gears in your head turning. This is about Blood Cleanup.

Every day we have a job to do. Every job has a story and somebody affected by it. Usually they are devastated or stressed beyond all belief.

We get a lot of questions on how to get into this line of work. It is a job that has to be done but it isn’t for everybody. It’s a demanding job physically, mentally and emotionally. You have to have a strong stomach and spirit to be able to hold back the tears and contain your breakfast as you force yourself to work with the putrid smells and other surprises that come with the job. Either that or your tears will spill into your protective eyewear or your mask will fill with vomit. It happens to all us of at least once.

The jobs we get showcase the results of people not at their best. Desperate acts shaped by addiction, uncontrollable rage spilling over onto someone else, domestic disputes getting out of hand, freak accidents, suicides, overdoses.

We don’t show these pictures just to get you to click on something. It’s not shock advertising necessarily. We want you to think about this stuff on a deeper level.

Can you look at all these pictures and not turn away? A lot of them are graphic and we do that to get the point across. What we show is typically mild compared to what the entire scene looks like. Remember that you see this picture but somebody else found this first and chances it was a family member or friend, then us. Sometimes the scene stays frozen in time for a few days before we get the call to move out.

Could you imagine finding this scene and seeing your loved one was the proverbial star of the show? Could you keep your focus while cleaning a puddle of blood that spilled out of your loved one? How about picking up chunks of brain? What about doing it while knowing that if it isn’t cleaned right you put every person who steps into that place at risk of some seriously dangerous health risks? You have to be extremely careful, focused and on point to do this job safely. We are the professionals with no ties to the victims usually and sometimes it takes every ounce of who we are to continue to do the job.

That’s why we are always telling you to never clean these scenes up yourself. It’s not worth the emotional trauma of dealing with a loved one’s remains. It’s not worth the physical risk of doing it incorrectly. We know where to look and how to decontaminate and sanitize to guarantee your safety. We might not know you personally but we take the safety of you and your family very seriously. That’s why we can also work with an agent of the family as to try and not disturb the grieving family any more than absolutely needed. It’s why we will work with your insurance company.

That’s another reason we also offer up to $500 for referrals. Everybody likes money and that incentive can often take the decision of cleanup out of the hands of some people who might not be making the best decisions due to overwhelming emotions, those that attempt to do it themselves.

This is more than advertising. It’s more than offering money to get work. It’s about protecting your family, your investments and your health. It’s horrible that we’re often called when a life has ended but that’s why we’re here. Let us make sure that your life isn’t jeopardized further by making sure the scene is safe. We adhere to OSHA guidelines at all times and are trained and certified to remediate residential, commercial and industrial areas.

If you have any questions, need immediate assistance for blood cleanup or guidance then please call Advanced Bio-Treatment at 800-295-1684. We’re on standby for you 24/7.

 

 

Shot Up Then Got Shot Up – Crime scene cleanup

Crime scene cleanup is best left to the professionals.

It doesn’t matter if it happened in a residential, commercial or industrial area; there’s too much at stake to risk the crime scene clean up being done incorrectly.

Advanced Bio Treatment has a trained and certified staff to make sure that whatever dangers that are present after a tragedy are taken care of all the way down to the molecular level.

You never know what may lurk in the aftermath of a crime. A lot of the calls we get involve violence and therefore blood and the numerous pathogens that may be contained in that blood can pose serious health risks.

For instance, we received a call to our D.C. office from a landlord about the murder of one of his tenants. Something had happened, his home was broken into and he was shot to death in his kitchen.

We loaded up and made the journey to a suburban working class neighborhood. We passed some smaller homes with older model cars in their driveways and found the way to our job. It wasn’t easy to miss, it still had the yellow police tape decorating the outside of the home.

We met the homeowner outside the door and geared up after introductions. He lead us into the house where the carnage was immediately apparent. A puddle of dried blood between the kitchen and dining room, bloody handprints on the floor, walls and appliances. This was brutal.

Nobody saw this coming. The neighbors told police he was a regular guy with a 9 to 5 job and was always nice; that he never caused problems. Nobody knew that he developed quite a drug habit. He had gotten so far as to resort to shooting up. His addiction caused him to contract Hepatitis and it also caused him to owe the wrong person a lot of money.

I guess eventually that person got tired of waiting of waiting for him to pay so they came over with a gun and kicked in his back door. They caught him by by surprise in a drug induced haze but he tried to fight back, judging by the overturned chairs and knocked over TV stand. He wasn’t enough though. During the struggle, the debtor’s gun went off and hit the victim in the stomach and chest, leaving him slumped over on the ground.

He tried to dial 911 but died from his injuries before he could place the call. He only was able to dial 9-1. That’s a terrible way to go out.

So not only did we have a homicide clean up on our hands but we knew that we had to eradicate any communicable diseases as well as dispose of any paraphernalia. Once we had all the information about the job, the work was pretty routine. Some cleaning, some sanitizing, finishing on a molecular level to ensure everyone’s safety. When we finished you never would’ve known something so horrible had occurred there.

Even though stuff like this is every day for us, we understand how difficult it may be on you. Things like this can be tragic, disturbing, stressful and overwhelming but you don’t have to face it alone. If you ever need our services, please call 800-295-1684. If you have questions concerning what your insurance may cover, payment options or guidance on how to proceed, we are here for you.