Born and raised in New Orleans, Earl was raised an only child and brought up by a single parent. He often found himself on the streets hanging out with the older kids and says he only knew how to follow by example. As a result, Earl often found himself in quite a bit of trouble. On a fateful night in 1986, Earl, then only 17 years old, was with people whom he believed to be his friends. He was sent to prison for armed robbery and attempted murder. He received a 22-year sentence but only ended up serving 11 years and four months. Soon after his release, he was in trouble again with a charge of possession with intent to distribute and was sent back to prison. It was here, during a game of football with other inmates, where Earl lost the function of his right arm. Despite his disability, Earl has a slight advantage over the other parolees; he worked as a dog handler while he was in prison. Despite his turbulent history, Earl remains loving and caring, always putting others before himself. VRC is his first official job, so he feels he has a lot to prove - to the rescue but more importantly to himself.