Scott Robert Rogow was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on January 17, 1963. He was raised by his mother, Helen, and grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, before moving to Paterson, New Jersey, to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter. He married his wife, Lynne, in 1992 and was the father of three children, Heather, Jenna, and Tyler.
Scott began his career with the Paterson Fire Department in February of 1993, first serving as a dispatcher, and then as an emergency medical technician. In 1995, he was appointed as a firefighter and assigned Badge #420. He received specialized training in urban search and rescue and technical rescue operations and, in 2006, was assigned to Rescue Company 2.
Throughout his career, Scott was cited for valor on several occasions, but most notably in September of 2005. In the midst of Hurricane Katrina, he volunteered for a 30-day deployment with the FEMA Disaster Relief Teams. While stationed at the Port City of La Batre, Alabama, he observed a civilian pumping gas at a local gas station. During the course of this, a spark caused an immediate ignition of the fumes and gas coming out of the nozzle. The flames engulfed the vehicle, gas pumps, and the victim himself. Scott, without regard for his own safety, ran through the flames and tackled the victim, saving him from the conflagration. His heroics undoubtedly averted a tragedy, and for his efforts he was awarded the New Jersey State Silver Medal of Valor. He also received the Passaic County 200 Club Valor Award, American Legion Valor Award, and was named the Knights of Columbus Firefighter of the Year.
While assigned to Paterson Fire Department’s Rescue Company 2, Scott was injured at a structure fire on July 6, 2009. After undergoing several surgeries and numerous complications, Scott passed away on August 28, 2012. Consequently, he became the 28th Paterson, New Jersey, firefighter to make the supreme sacrifice.
Scott had a strong faith and a can-do attitude, which served him well in all his endeavors. His children were his greatest joy. He was a huge New York Yankees fan and an avid motorcycle rider and enthusiast. Scott will forever be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, brother, firefighter, and friend.