Bruce Springsteen is a lot of things—singer, songwriter, perpetually in shape septuagenarian. He’s also a dad, which means he wasn’t going to miss one of the biggest moments in his youngest son’s life.
Sam Springsteen was one of 15 new firefighters sworn into the Jersey City Fire Department yesterday. After graduating from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in 2014, Springsteen the younger has volunteered at three departments around New Jersey: his hometown Colts Neck Fire Department, the Long Branch Fire Department, and the North Wildwood Fire Department.
In North Wildwood, he assisted in saving the life of a fisherman who was stuck in waist-deep mud near Phillip Shields Island in 2016.
Young Springsteen’s path to the JCFD began when he took a civil service exam in 2018. After months of training at the Public Safety Training Academy in Morristown, he’s now officially on the job in Jersey City.
“It was a long road, he’s was very dedicated for quite a few years and we are just excited for him today,” said Bruce, who attended the swearing-in ceremony at City Hall.
Patti Scialfa—Bruce’s wife and Sam’s mom—was also in attendance. She shared a congratulatory note on Instagram in a post that can only be described as peak mom.
Sam’s older brother Evan, a music programmer at Apple, was also on hand for the ceremony. It appears that his sister Jessica, a champion equestrian, was unable to attend.
Now that he’s been sworn in, Sam Springsteen is going to be busy; the Jersey City Fire Department responds to 1,300 fires every year and, as part of the tenth class to also receive a 3-month EMT certification course, he can also assist with non-fire medical emergencies.