Bruce Springsteen's son tests for firefighter job in NJ

Sam Springsteen, 25, took a civil service exam last year, the results of which were released last weeek

Gina Salamone
New York Daily News

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Bruce Springsteen famously paid tribute to firefighters in his 2002 song “The Rising” and soon, one of his sons may be a Jersey City smoke-eater.

Sam Springsteen, The Boss’ youngest child with wife Patti Scialfa, took a civil service exam last year to become a firefighter in the Garden State city that sits on the Hudson River, sources told The Jersey Journal. Test scores, released last week, have not been made public yet, the outlet reports.

The 25-year-old son of the Jersey-born rock legend joined the volunteer Colts Neck Fire Department in 2014 after graduating from the Monmouth County Fire Academy.

If Sam is among the exam’s top scorers, and accepts, he’ll have to take a physical and then endure training at a Morristown fire academy.

Springsteen’s “The Rising” was written in response to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The song is written from the perspective of a firefighter climbing the stairs of one of the towers after two hijacked planes slammed into them. When the buildings collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, 343 firefighters were among those killed.

Many more would later contract cancer related to their time spent working at the site.

Lyrics of “The Rising” include: “Can’t see nothin’ in front of me, Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind ...I make my way through this darkness, I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me.”

The Boss has often sung about blue collar workers through the years.

Sam is younger brother to Evan, a 28-year-old singer/songwriter, and Jessica, a 27-year-old champion equestrian.


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