(Novelization of Retribution)
Tom Pepper was a survivor of the 2002 Global T-Virus pandemic. He was found by Umbrella, who required qualified mechanics to maintain their Umbrella Prime facility. He would later escape on a submarine with Judy Gordon.
At the start of the 2002 global T-virus pandemic, Tom was a motor mechanic. When his coworker transformed into an Undead Tom was forced to run him over. As the world's militaries failed around him, Tom quickly noticed only Umbrella helicopters remained flying. Remembering he had a half-brother who worked for the company, Tom rang him up to offer his services.