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    This Crime And Trauma Scene Cleaner Is Sharing Behind-The-Scenes Videos That Are Bringing Awareness To Millions Of People

    "The amount of impact it can have on people's lives is quite amazing."

    When it comes to cleaning up unsightly messes, there is no one more prepared than biohazard cleaner Jacob Suarez. His behind-the-scenes videos cleaning crime and trauma scenes have earned him a whopping 3.5 million followers on TikTok.


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    Warning: Some of Jacob's videos can be graphic and are not for the faint of heart.

    The videos on Jacob's page don't often depict the violence and gore you might expect from a crime scene cleaner. Instead, he narrates about his experiences of hoarding or filth cleanups out of respect for the families and the deceased.

    For instance, in this video, which has 77.4 million views and counting, Jacob is cleaning a bathroom with a voiceover detailing his experiences cleaning crime scenes.

    BuzzFeed spoke to Jacob to see what drew him to a career in biohazard cleaning. "My family started this business four years ago while I was still in high school," Jacob said. "I did it part-time back then, but then fell I in love with it."

    A before picture of a messy bathroom, Jacob cleaning the bathroom, and the after picture of a now spotless bathroom

    Even people on TikTok are sharing their gratitude for Jacob's work and for his commentary on helping people who have suffered trauma.

    Comments like, "Whenever I see your content, it's evident to me that you do this as a service to people because you care thank you for doing it and spreading love"

    And in addition to crime scenes, Jacob's company, Bio-One PDX, aims to help people suffering from hoarding disorders.

    Naturally, there can be emotionally draining days for biohazard cleaners. "The hardest part about cleaning crime scenes are the suicide cleanups I do for people my age," Jacob told BuzzFeed.


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    "Sometimes, the parents are the ones talking with us on the scene, so I’ll offer my support any way that I can. Usually it’s just listening to them and letting them talk to me about their kid," Jacob shared.

    Also, Jacob is an advocate for mental health awareness and shares videos on how he copes with the stress from this line of work. He typically takes a hot shower, makes a cup of tea, and freestyles on the piano to decompress.

    Jacob pouring tea, playing piano, and sitting on the couch

    Jacob has hosted meet and greets in the Portland metro area to build up a volunteer committee for future projects, and he encourages his followers to get out and make a difference in their own cities.

    Jacob with a video captioned "Let's make a difference in this city"

    Follow Jacob on TikTok and Instagram to check out more of his impactful work, or visit his YouTube channel for additional behind-the-scenes content and cleaning tutorials!

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at The Trevor Project, which provides help and suicide-prevention resources for LGBTQ youth, is 1-866-488-7386. You can also text TALK to 741741 for free, anonymous 24/7 crisis support in the US and UK from the Crisis Text Line.