If there’s a fire in Jersey City, New Jersey, or a cat stuck in a tree, there’s a good chance that Bruce Springsteen’s son may be dispatched to the scene.
Sam Springsteen was one of 15 new firefighters who were sworn in Tuesday by Mayor Steven M. Fulop of Jersey City and the director of public safety, James Shea.
Bruce Springsteen, the rock star whose songs have for decades celebrated New Jersey’s working class, and Patti Scialfa, his wife and longtime bandmate, looked on and clapped as their youngest son joined the newest members of the city’s Fire Department, according to TV news coverage of the ceremony.
“It was a long road,” the senior Springsteen told WCBS at the ceremony held at City Hall. “He was very dedicated for quite a few years and we are just excited for him today.”
When asked by reporters about his journey to becoming a firefighter, the younger Springsteen said that “it wasn’t easy,” according to NBC News. He is one of Springsteen and Scialfa’s three children. (Their daughter, Jessica, has gained fame in the world of competitive show jumping.)
Sam Springsteen graduated from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in January 2014, according to an Instagram post by Scialfa. He also worked as a volunteer firefighter in Colts Neck, the township in northern New Jersey where he grew up, according to NBC.
The new recruits bring the number of uniformed firefighters and superiors to 666, a historic high for the city, according to a news release by Fulop.
“Our fire department responds to 1,300 fires a year, which is why these 15 recruits have gone through rigorous training necessary to be part of the best fire department this city has ever seen,” Fulop said in a statement.
He also posed for photos with the Springsteen family and posted them on Twitter.
“We got to spend some time in my office talking about music but more than that they’re proud parents of a new JC Firefighter,” he said on Twitter. “Congrats to all the new FF joining the best FD anywhere.”