Ethan was born in the town of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Born into a construction family, he was taught hard work and good will from the start. In school, he would be... Average. Bs and Cs at most, daydreaming about being outside. A bit of an outcast, but he was friendly and had some decent friends, and usually kept to himself. Going through high school, he kept up the same average, and he graduated normally with the rest of his class.
Once out of high school, he went on to go to construction work, getting an apprenticeship in it, and going on to get his pilots license to fly Skycranes. He would go on to work for a few years, before moving out to Chernarus to help with construction there. Despite it being lower in pay, it was a good way to get to travel and see a different country.
Eventually, he gets caught up in the firestorm of everything happening, and escapes into the countryside to avoid most of it. Coming back, he's greeted to the infection, and his story continues from there.