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Fuson and her son, Braswell, travel the state and portions of Louisiana for their part-time job, with the hope to be a full-time company in the near future. Fuson and her son, Braswell, travel the state and portions of Louisiana for their part-time job, with the hope to be a full-time company in the near future.
After permission from police, Trauma Clean goes inside crime and suicide scenes. It's the property owner's responsibility to get rid of the waste left behind. After permission from police, Trauma Clean goes inside crime and suicide scenes. It's the property owner's responsibility to get rid of the waste left behind.
FLORENCE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Piece by Piece Trauma Clean employees put on their equipment and treat each scene like it is contaminated.

"I have a tyvek suit on. I have my latex gloves and a mask," explained Trauma Clean employee River Braswell.

Kristy Fuson and her five family employees go where few dare. After permission from police, Trauma Clean goes inside crime and suicide scenes. It's the property owner's responsibility to get rid of the waste left behind.

"They're left with the mess to clean up and they don't know who to turn to. They don't want to go back into the scene where all these memories will come back to them of their loved one that they have just lost," said Fuson.

Fuson says talking with the family of the victim is the toughest part of the job. She adds it takes four to six hours to clean one room and a lot of focus.

"I never want a family to have to come back and find something," said Fuson.

Fuson and her son, Braswell, travel the state and portions of Louisiana for their part-time job, with the hope to be a full-time company in the near future. The company is on call 24 hours a day. Braswell, 17, will soon go to training to receive his certifications.

"Really, it's just something that's been in my family for a while. It's normal to me," explained Braswell.

The company uses chemicals just as effective as bleach but less harsh, along with equipment such as presser washers. Fuson believes Trauma Clean is the only Mississippi based company for this line of work. She is Occupational Safety and Health Administration certified and blood born pathogen trained.

Fuson believes there should be a state law requiring similar credentials for people in this line of work.

"There's nothing that governs them to clean it up properly," revealed Fuson. 

State Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Vice-Chairman Hob Bryan would like more information.

"I'm always willing to listen and learn. But my first reaction is that there's not any particular public health difference cleaning up a crime scene and cleaning up after any other type of natural disaster," said Bryan.

Trauma Clean can also clean the homes of hoarders. 

Some of the work done by Trauma Clean is covered in some homeowner insurance policies.

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