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HI Jan 2019

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22 | January 2019 This Is What It's Like to Be a Crime Scene Cleaner Blood, guts, and trauma are just part of the job description. By Carson Kessler A parade of men in hazmat suits gather outside a quaint suburban home tan- gled in withered vines. The front door opens and the smell of death bleeds into the uncontaminated December air. They walk through the kitchen lit- tered with open cans of diced tomatoes and Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup, past the six pairs of shoes meticulously lined up against the wall, where a bloodstained imprint of a life sits in the living room. He sat there for almost four weeks before someone complained about the stench. His blood had settled and seeped deep into the recesses of his beloved leather recliner and through the floor below. And it's Scott Vogel's job to clean it up. Vogel, 32, works in an industry that not many people know exists, until they need it. The bio-recovery industry—often referred to as crime scene cleanup, biohazard remediation, or trauma scene restoration—specializes in the cleaning of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially dangerous materials. As a Certified Bio-Recovery Master at Emergi-Clean Inc., Vogel cleans up after suicides, homicides, and decom- position after unattended deaths. "You name it, I've seen it," he says, casually rattling off recent jobs as if they were items on a grocery list. "I've seen people cut in half, mass shootings, and even a scene where there were probably 600,000 maggots feeding off of a body." He's become so used to the smell that he often opts for a thin surgical mask

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