This work is a labor of love for me, and I feel honored and humbled to lead a group that gives so much of themselves to the service of others.
Scott is originally from Massachusetts but spent most of his youth in the rural areas surrounding San Francisco. He graduated from California Polytechnic with a degree in mechanical engineering and learned how to rope and wrestle steers as a hobby while in school. As it turns out, he now uses both skills almost every day. Scott's ambition was to join the US Marine Corps and serve his country, but fate and a terrible accident had other plans. Despite his disappointment, Scott soon learned that when one door closes, another opens, and he became the driving force behind the El Dorado County Tahoe Volunteer Search and Rescue Team. Scott was recently named California's "Volunteer of the Year." When he's not volunteering, which is almost all the time, Scott is working at his design and machine shop creating fittings to manufacture medical devices, and constructing customized rifles and rifle parts for the USMC and local law enforcement. Scott's girlfriend Sienna, who is an emergency room nurse as well as a first responder on the Search and Rescue team, will join him on the cruise.
Scott is the leader of Tahoe's volunteer search and rescue team, and this consumes almost 2400 hours of his time each year. "I do lots of all nightersnighters," says Scott, "but so do the other volunteers, and all our effort pays off in a big way." Simply put, Scott's team saves lives. They went out on 140 missions last year alone searching for lost hikers, mountain climbers stranded on cliff ledges, and many others in danger. When his team is not on missions, they are busy training, and Scott is the primary instructor. They train each Monday from 6:00 PM to midnight and do a twelve-hour mission training session each month.
El Dorado County is where Scott leads his group, and it is on the border of Nevada. After seeing the success of Scott's team, Nevada asked Scott to train its own bordering county's rescue team. As an expert in mountain and rope rescues, Scott shares his knowledge in the classroom and puts it to use in search and rescue missions. Prior to Scott's arrival, neither his nor his neighboring county in Nevada had a mountaineering rescue team. Now they do, and many people's lives have been saved as a result. For all his work and all his commitment, Scott is quick to tell you how humbled he feels to lead such an extraordinary group of first responders. They answer the call on a moment's notice, day or night, and they serve the community under the most extreme and stressful conditions.