On the day of his 70th birthday, staff at the Monmouth County Historical Society in Freehold prepare for their 'Springsteen: My Hometown' exhibit. Asbury Park Press
Sam Springsteen, the 25-year old son of Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, is a Jersey City firefighter.
Sam was one of 15 new firefighters sworn in the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 14 during a ceremony at City Hall.
“It was a long road, and he was very dedicated,” said proud pop Bruce at the ceremony, according to the Hudson County View. “We’re just excited for him today.”
Sam and he fellow new firefighters just completed five months of training at the Public Safety Training Academy in Morristown.
“It wasn’t easy,” Sam said.
There are now 666 firefighters in Jersey City.
“We talk about family and brotherhood, and that’s what this department is all about, “ said Chief Steve McGill. “Welcome to our family.”
Sam took a civil service exam in 2018 to become a member of the department. He graduated from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in 2014 and has since served with his hometown Colts Neck Fire Department, the Long Branch Fire Department and the North Wildwood Fire Department, where he assisted in saving a fisherman who was stuck waist deep in the mud adjacent to Phillip Shields Island in 2016, according to the Cape May County Herald.
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“He’s very smart,” said Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III about Sam to the USA Today Network when he graduated the Monmouth County academy. “He enjoyed what he was doing.”
Bruce and Patti’s other kids have higher profile lives. Evan Springsteen, 29, is program director and host for Sirius XM satellite radio and Jessica Springsteen, 27, is a champion equestrian rider who’s earned more than $1 million in events around the world.
Patti has called Sam “Our family hero.”
Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and Snooki. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; firstname.lastname@example.org.