Josef Cervanko was born on September 20th, 1990 to a poor family in the city of Dobkovicy in the province of Central Kopec. Josef had a relatively simple childhood, growing up in the poor living conditions of the city of Dobkovicy, the unfortunately effect of the previously collapsed USSR. Josef excelled in his grades at his under-performing school, picking up a few hobbies along the way. He always enjoyed football, old Hollywood movies, and reading. During his late teenage years, Josef volunteered to join the newly established Chernarussian Defense Forces. Inspired by his patriotic fervor and father who was also a veteren of the late Soviet Army in the conflicts in Afghanistan. Josef spent the majority of his military career combating insurgents with the infamous 'Boží Brigada' (God's Brigade), well known within the 4th Army for the amount of success it had fighting the Russian-backed separatists around the northern parts of Central Kopec during the bloody Civil War of 2009. After several long years of fighting the communists, Josef had rose to the rank of Seržant (Sergeant) within the 1st Rifle Company. After the bloody conflict and victory of the U.S and Chernarussian forces, Josef was transferred to the 93rd Brigade of South Zagoria, 22nd 'Svarog' Mechanized Battalion which was garrisoning the Tisy Missile installation. When the infection hit, Josef was assisting in evacuation efforts of South Zagoria. During the evacuation, the checkpoint he was garrisoned at was attacked by Chedaki remnants and a overrunning amount of infected. Josef managed to escape with his life, lost in the woods and deeply resenting his choice to this day.