The Bellevue man suspected of killing his three neighbors Sunday morning on Beech Bend Drive had been a volunteer rescuer at the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11.
It was an event that Craig Garber would never forget. He wrote poetry about the emotional impact the experience had on him.
Garber was living in Dedham, Massachusetts in 2001. He had been working as a paramedic and volunteered to help dig people from the rubble after the towers collapsed.
Garber posted on a firefighters' chat group two years later, saying that he gave up his EMT license after 9/11 and pursued another line of work.
Before the murders, Garber had talked to Jacki Allison, who lived next to Garber on Beech Bend Drive, about his experiences at the World Trade Center. He gave her a copy of his poetry, which he had also posted online:
"My last memory is not pleasant. 9-11-01. I am over run by thick dry dirt, attempting to wipe out my existence. I have not yet had a chance to live. I feel pain. I am immobile. I must break free. I must live. Part of me escapes, as a small and discolored drip. My progress is slowed. I am no longer whole. A large part of who, and what I am, was left behind, trapped forever in the dirt, a constant reminder of my past experience in the darkness."
"It really pained him," Allison said of Garber's 9/11 experience.
Allison described Garber as a lonely person, but one who was always willing to help if she needed something.
"It's a complete tragedy that didn't have to happen," Allison said.
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