Brandon “Shane” Crider had a rough start from the beginning. His mother passed away when he was only 6, leaving him in the alternating care of his father and grandparents. Early on he developed a strong work ethic and a mentality of, “If I don’t do it, it wouldn’t get done.” After high school he found work in the oil business, working on oil rigs in Texas. At 19, however, everything would change for Shane.
It was 2001, a few days after the tragic events of September 11th, and Shane had just finished the day’s work in the oil fields. He sat on the tailgate of his truck with a friend discussing the tragedy and the possibility of joining the Marines. This is his last memory before waking up in a hospital, his body damaged and his future uncertain. He had apparently been driving home when, for reasons unknown to him, his vehicle crashed and rolled off the road. He was discovered later by another friend on his way to hunt and rushed to the hospital. Shane suffered trauma to the C-6 and C-7 vertebrae, paralyzing him from the chest down permanently. Today, Shane is a quadriplegic, but still retains a good amount of mobility in his hands.
After 12 weeks of medical care and rehabilitation, Shane attended the University of Texas at Arlington to receive a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, then a Master’s in Political Science. He was accepted into law school and received his Executive Juris Doctor Degree. Today, he works as a paralegal expert for the United States Small Business Administration, specializing in disaster response. He has recently handled cases from Hurricane Harvey and Irma. He finds his work both overwhelming and rewarding, and wouldn’t change a thing as he enjoys helping people through crisis.
These days, Shane can be found playing adaptive sports like wheelchair softball, basketball, skiing, and a number of aquatic sports. Through the Dive Pirates Foundation, he hopes to add scuba diving to his already impressive portfolio of skills. Trained with Rich Thomas of International Scuba.