Hutch is a good ol' country boy with little education. Born and raised on a farm, he knows how to work with his hands and survive. For what he lacks in book smarts, he makes up for with practical knowledge. Hutch has a troubled past in the United States. Struggling to make ends meet with farming, he did commit some non-violent crimes of robbery and grand theft auto.
Wanting to leave his old life behind, he moved overseas to start over. Shortly after his move, the outbreak happened. He left everything he owned behind and ran for his life. His car broke down traveling from Russia. He started walking to find civilization, and Hutch wound up in Chernarus. He is doing his best to survive at all costs, helping others when he can.