Bruce Springsteen has been setting the music scene on fire for the past 40 years and now “The Boss” will have someone in his own family to help extinguish any flames.
Sam Springsteen, 20, the youngest of Springsteen’s three children, has graduated from the Monmouth Fire Academy in New Jersey and will become a firefighter in the family’s hometown of Colts Neck, N.J.
Proud mom Patti Scialfa, Springsteen’s bandmate and wife of more than 20 years, posted a picture on Instagram last week of Sam in his uniform with the caption, “My youngest son, Sam, graduated from Monmouth County Fire Academy tonight. #Proud #OurFamilyHero.”
Springsteen was also said to be present at the Jan. 15 graduation, which concluded 188 hours of rescue training for Sam and 41 other graduates, according to the local Asbury Park Press.
“This is not an easy course,” Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III told the paper. “There’s a lot of physical stuff and a lot of book work.”
“He’s very smart,” Stryker said of Sam. “He enjoyed what he was doing.”
Sam Springsteen was previously in the spotlight in 2008 when he attended a rally for President Obama with his dad.
Two years earlier, in 2006, Springsteen joked to ABC News’ Robin Roberts that his three kids – daughter Jessica and son Evan, in addition to Sam – didn’t really listen to the message of his music with the E Street Band.
“It’s not very important to them,” the “Born to Run” singer told Roberts. “They all have their own heroes and their own things that they listen to, and I’m roundly and well-ridiculed at home on a daily basis.”
Somewhere along the line that must have changed for Sam, whose father is well-known for being both a die-hard supporter of all things New Jersey and for his support of firefighters over the years.
Following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, Springsteen wrote about the heroic first responders on his album “The Rising” and penned a song dedicated to firefighters called, “Into the Fire.”