You might call these the “Glory Days” for Bruce Springsteen’s youngest son. On January 14th, Sam Springsteen was officially sworn in as a firefighter in Jersey City N.J. The 26-year-old was one of 15 new firefighters entering the profession during a ceremony at City Hall.
Sam’s proud parents, father Bruce and mother Patti Scialfa, also a member of the E Street Band, both attended the ceremony. Mom and Dad sat in the front row as their son was sworn into the newest class.
“We’re very proud. It was a long road,” Bruce, otherwise known as “The Boss,” told the press at the event. “He was very dedicated for quite a few years, and we’re just excited for him today.”
Sam’s journey to becoming a firefighter has indeed been a long one. It started in 2014 when he graduated from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in Freehold, NJ. Over the years, he has served as a volunteer firefighter at three different stations, including working as a member of the all-volunteer fire company in Colts Neck, N.J., where the Springsteen family owns a farm. In 2017 he took a civil service exam. Sam completed a five-month training program at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy before his swearing-in. Bruce has supported the younger Springsteen every step of the way.
New Jersey Hometown Pride
At the ceremony the rock superstar was beaming with pride. Maybe even a little extra, hometown pride. If you’re a fan of Springsteen, you know his songs have, for decades, celebrated New Jersey’s blue collar, working class people. The music legend was born at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey and spent much of his life in The Garden State.
Bruce and Patti (also a New Jersey native) have two other children, 29-year-old Evan, a program director and host for Sirius XM satellite radio and 28-year-old Jessica, a champion equestrian rider.
As for his youngest son’s dangerous new job, proud papa Springsteen told reporters he’s not worried. The 70-year-old rocker said, quote, “Sam can handle himself.”
And you can bet, the next time the music industry icon performs one of his hit songs like, “I’m on Fire,” or “Streets of Fire,” he’ll give it a little something extra, for his son!
Congratulations to Sam Springsteen, and all of his new fellow firefighters, on this amazing milestone.
By Patrick Stinson