up until the fall of 2006 larry was a fire captain in apple valley, california. one morning his company responded to a call for a house fire. thinking there might be people still trapped inside the house, larry went in, crawling on his hands and knees, staying low to avoid the smoke. the house turned out to be empty, but before larry could get out the fire spread across the carpet he was crawling on. he suffered severe burns across thirty percent of his body, but his hands got it the worst. the flames went through his gloves, destroying his hands.