The young man who lost his life in a West Seattle diving accident earlier this month was a security manager who also volunteered for the American Red Cross and graduated from a City of Redmond-sponsored emergency training class.
Tareq Saade lived in Seattle and did security work at Microsoft's Redmond campus for the past six years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He taught CPR and first aid classes through the Red Cross of King and Kitsap Counties and volunteered with the City of Seattle's Office of Emergency Management.
Redmond City Council member David Carson said he met Saade through the city's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program and was immediately impressed by his leadership during the class.
"During our class, he proved to be an excellent leader despite nearly everyone in the class being older than he," Carson wrote in an email. "He pursued his passions with an abandon and enthusiasm that is seldom seen and is an inspiration to those of us who knew him. I know that my life certainly is better for becoming his friend, and I will miss him greatly."
Carson said Saade was remembered in a memorial gathering at Salty's on Alki Beach over the weekend. In lieu of flowers, Saade's family and friends request donations be made to the Red Cross.