Lieutenant Rick Scorgie joined the Cooper City Fire Department In 1986 after serving as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Coral Springs Fire Department. A few years later, he became a State Certified Paramedic and then a State Certified Fire Instructor where he loved to Teach Urban Search and Rescue, medical classes and Weapons Of Mass Destruction Training Programs.
In the early 1990’s, Scorgie joined the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, as a Rescue Squad Team member and Technical Search Specialist. He eventually transitioned to become a remarkable experienced Search Specialist and a Search Team Manager for the task force. He volunteered hundreds of hours to make the team what it is today. He deployed on almost every task force deployment, with the most notable to Papua, New Guinea in 1998 and to New York City on September 11, 2001. He was invited to be an adjunct instructor with Texas A&M University where he taught a specialized WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Medical Operations Class. Scorgie was a member of an all-volunteer, non-government organization that responded world wide for major disasters and search and rescue operations. He served as the Lead Special Operations Medic, his task was to keep the team alive and well on international deployments. He was a co-chair for the Regional Domestic Security Task Force in Florida and selected to teach Homeland Security classes world wide. Retired BSO Sgt. Ed Wolff stated, "Rick was always there and just darn good at what he did. He especially loved helping others and was absolutely a pleasure to work with."