Scott Robert Neumann was born on February 3, 1967, in Loxahatchee, Florida, to Roger and Jan Neumann. He grew up on ten acres with his sisters, Tammy, Robin, and Missy. Many fond memories were made, and family stories were born. Scott was proud to be Florida born and raised. In time he became the ultimate storyteller, with his animated body gestures and boisterous voice. He was full of life and always up for an adventure. He enjoyed being outdoors, boating, four wheeling, camping, and diving, but most of all Scott loved spending time with his family and many friends. Though he played hard, he worked even harder. Sacrificing in the present in order to achieve dreams for the future was important to Scott.
The many painful experiences Scott had with fire growing up helped develop in him a healthy respect for fire. From burning the trash pile by igniting it with Mom’s hairspray can to the blazing fire in the camper.
Scott was the embodiment of what it means to be a firefighter. If anyone was ever born for the job, Scott was that man. His love for helping people and extroverted man’s man persona meant he lived to serve and enjoyed spending 24 hours with his crew. It was not a clear career choice he thought of as a child. After high school, Scott learned the electrical trade, which he would later use as a second career on his off days with the department. A friend convinced Scott to take the emergency medical technician program, and that led Scott down the career path of firefighting. After completing EMT and fire school, he began working for Brevard County Fire Department and, during this time, completed the paramedic program. Soon after, he met his future wife Stephanie and was hired on with Martin County Fire Department. It was a new chapter in his life. While becoming part of his new firefighting family, he started a family of his very own. From 2001-2005, Scott and Stephanie were blessed with three cherished children, Connor, Hayley, and Alicia. They were the pride and joy of his life.
Scott gave his all to everything he did. Early in his career, he competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge and the Firemen’s Olympics. He also obtained the Smoke Diver certificate, as well as HazMat certification. His energy, strength, and competitiveness were contagious. Scott touched so many hearts and meant so much to so many people. He will be forever loved and greatly missed. Posthumously, Scott was promoted to captain.