T.J. was born in Bisbee, Arizona on April 23rd, 1981 and his family moved to Ferris, Texas when he was just a month old. At 32 years old, he has never known any other life than Ellis County, Texas life. T.J. went to school in Red Oak and graduated from Red Oak High School in 2000. From there, he went to a fire-fighting academy at Texas A&M Commerce where he graduated in the top of his class and received his certification. While he was trying to get on with a fire department, T.J. landed a job working for a Storage Container company in Dallas repairing and modifying containers.