Scott comes from a military family, and after he graduated from high school his plan was to work a year or two in the oilfield to get some money behind them and then join the marines. He had all of his paperwork in and was three weeks from leaving to begin his military career when an oilfield accident nearly took his life.
Equipment broke free and Scott was trying to jump clear of it as more than 15 thousand pounds of equipment came crashing down. Caught in the debris, his right leg and left arm were pinned. It took more than six hours to free him from the equipment, and he credits his uncle for saving his life. His uncle served in the first Gulf War, created a tourniquet and kept him from going into shock until help arrived.