Brad’s career started as a 14-year-old junior member of the Linwood Fire Company in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 23, he married and moved to Claymont, Delaware. Brad and his wife, Charlene, have three daughters. At that time, Brad also became a member of Claymont Fire House in Claymont, Delaware, where he served as treasurer. Brad realized a lifelong dream and was accepted into Recruit Class 23 for Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services in Maryland.
After nine years on the job with Howard County, at the young age of 39, Brad was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Brad faced his battle with cancer head-on. He didn’t feel sorry for himself, nor did he want anyone feeling sorry for him.
Ultimately, at the time of his passing, Brad had 28 years of service to the Linwood Fire Company, 20 years of service to Claymont Fire Company, and 13 years on the job with Howard County as a firefighter/heavy vehicle operator. He spent most of his career at Banneker Station 7, where he was responsible for driving Engine 71.
After years of fighting Howard County over workers’ comp and insurance benefits, the IAFF had eight different types of cancer recognized to be from work-related issues. Although we are all saddened by his loss, we are happy to report that colon cancer was one of those recognized.
Brad lost his battle on May 31, 2020. Howard County announced that his death would be recognized as a line-of-duty death, and he was buried with full departmental honors.
On January 19, 2019, Howard County Fire and Rescue Services presented the Bronze Medal of Valor for preserving life and rescuing a resident trapped on the second floor of a house fire under strong smoke conditions in Columbia, Maryland. In 2021, Brad was awarded the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Firefighter of the Year Award, as well as New Castle County Firefighter of the Year Award.
Although Brad didn’t hold any county or state offices, he was truly a fireman’s fireman. It should be noted that Brad earned the title of lieutenant and was promoted posthumously. As such, he shall forever be known as Lt. Brad Scott.