Shorty spent her teenage years and early twenties volunteering as a firefighter in a country town located 20 minutes from Salem, Oregon. After receiving a phone call from a close friend on September 11, 2001, saying the US was under attack, Shorty felt a need to do something about it. At that time, firefighting jobs in the army were outsourced to civilians, so Shorty prodded the recruiter to find information about other jobs within the army. “He began to go down this list: Military Policeman (MP), working with the Kiowa helicopter, and then he began talking about the Apache and I thought it was so cool because it’s the only helicopter that flies inverted, so I decided to become an Apache mechanic."
Each adaptive athlete that applies to receive assistance from One More Wave has his or her own unique story. Biggs’ journey is a story of resilience and struggle that’s masked behind his positive attitude towards life, emphasized through his experiences with hardship.