Bruce Springsteen's Son Joins Colts Neck Fire Department

Proud mom Patti Scialfa called Sam #OurFamilyHero in an Instagram posting after the Monmouth County Fire Academy graduation.

Monmouth County Fire Academy graduating class 101 included Sam R. Springsteen. Credit: Monmouth County
Monmouth County Fire Academy graduating class 101 included Sam R. Springsteen. Credit: Monmouth County

Bruce Springsteen may sing about fires, but his son, Sam, will be the one fighting them.

Fire departments across the area welcomed new members following the graduation of 42 trainees, including Springsteen's 20-year-old son, from the Monmouth County Fire Academy on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The graduates included three from Colts Neck: Brendan T. Murch, Michael M. Biyad and Sam R. Springsteen. In addition, Joseph O. Nappi joined the Morganville Independent Fire Company in Marlboro.

Sam's mother, musician Patti Scialfa, shared an Instagram photo of her son in uniform and wrote, "My youngest son, Sam, graduated from Monmouth County Fire Academy tonight. #Proud #OurFamilyHero."

Classes 100 and 101 officially completed their training in areas including rescue, fire extinguishment, hazmat and CPR with graduation ceremonies at the Route 33 facility.

Each class also had one member receive the Ronald Fitzpatrick Award, named for a former instructor who died in 2003. The winner for Class 100 is new Shrewsbury Hose Company member Evan D. Tyler, while Timothy J. Smigelsky received the honor for Class 101. The full list of graduates can be found below.

Freeholder John P. Curley congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments and thanked them for their impending service. “You will answer the call and place your lives on the line to save someone else’s life and property, because that is what you are trained to do. And you received the best training available from the instructors at this academy.”

Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III also congratulated the new members and said their work is just beginning in the field. “It takes a special type of person to be a firefighter,” he said. “They have to have a passion to do this job. The graduates sitting before us have that passion because they have completed the rigorous training as their first step. Please be safe.”

Applications for the September class are now being accepted.

Firefighter 1 – Class 100

Spencer T. Arnold Manasquan Fire Department

Matthew J. Buttermark East Freehold Fire Company

Michael J. Cook Belmar Fire Department

Douglas E. Granai West Keansburg Fire Company

Milton Latorres Bradley Beach Fire Department

Anthony A. Malgieri Southard Fire Company

Brendan T. Murch Colts Neck Fire Department

Joseph O. Nappi Morganville Independent Fire Company

Jason P. Neff Tinton Falls Fire Company # 1

Scott A. Nokes Neptune Township Fire Department

Robert J. Pahlck Bradley Beach Fire Department

Joshua P. Prevost Keyport Fire Department

Taylor W. Rounds Freehold Township Independent Fire Company

Anthony F. Santiago Freehold Township Independent Fire Company

Bryan A. Sherer Englishtown Fire Department

Ashley N. Truffa Glendola Fire Company

Brian L. Turner Ocean Grove Fire Department

Evan D. Tyler Shrewsbury Hose Company

Michael T. Ventriglio East Freehold Fire Company

Donald L. Warren West Keansburg Fire Company

Firefighter 1 – Class 101

Michael M. Biyad Colts Neck Fire Department

Michael Christie Ramtown Fire Company

John M. DePinto Adelphia Fire Company

Franklin L. Doremus Neptune Township Fire Department

Kenneth J. Evola Gordon’s Corner Fire Company

Alexander Handel Gordon’s Corner Fire Company

Austin J. Knox Belmar Fire Department

Jonathan Michel Neptune Township Fire Department

Steven J. O’Dwyer Keyport Fire Department

Joseph A. Panzarino East Freehold Fire Company

Joseph D. Rich III Farmingdale Fire Department

Dane M. Richards Jr. Eatontown Fire Department

Neil E. Robinson Millstone Township Fire Company

Dale J. Seitz Adelphia Fire Company

Timothy J. Smigelsky Ramtown Fire Company

Robert Snyder New Point Comfort Fire Company

Sam R. Springsteen Colts Neck Fire Department

Edgardo Valera Belmar Fire Department

Christopher R. Villanueva Millstone Township Fire Company

Kevin Weigert Gordon’s Corner Fire Company

Thomas B. Winemiller Jr. Belmar Fire Department

John M. Zuber Freehold Fire Department

Irina January 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Glad Sam is doing something nice for his community, unlike his father the phony farmer.
Dan Crabtree January 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM
can't start a fire with your little world fallin apart.. this guns for hire even if your just dancin in the dark....congrats to his son...sorry no congrats for his lyin father...
TuesdaySunshine January 21, 2014 at 02:06 PM
But who cares??
harleyrider8272 January 21, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Bruce sang about real people and he came from nothing, Now his son follows in that tradition. Only a right-wing hater could see fault with that.
Teodoro Medeiros January 21, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Republicans are holding a convention over the bosse´s son? Say it ain´t so...
Brett Neustater January 22, 2014 at 07:37 AM
The kid deserves admiration and thanks for joining a noble profession of public service. Congratulations and thanks. The previous comments are just sad.
Lucretia B January 22, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Yes, the kid joined a noble profession. We should leave it at that since there are upteen jillion other people who have done it, too. I don't see their names highlighted specifically and in the limelight.
Sheriffchris January 22, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Bruce used to be my main man. I loved all his songs right up until he got so phony politically. Bruce only the feeble minded who can not think fr themselves believe and follow your political rants
charley January 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM
have u read some of these post if u don't cheer and fall head over your a gop hater or its sad we don't kiss his ass. if he really does fight fires and gets involved with the other firemen and doesn't make chef by next yr hats off to him. but i think its a move to help his phony ling tax avoiding father and everyone thinks hes the greatest sorry i have never seen that
Sharon Herbert Serano January 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Stop making this about his father. Congratulations to Sam and all new firefighters.
charley January 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM
it is because the paper and the way the article was written and it puts him in the spot light maybe thy should of had and article about one of the cadets that come from one of the poorer neighborhoods like keansburg and then mention springsteen but no the left think there better then the rest of us americans so the left rich are put on a pedestal and the right rich are called greedy and evil
Mark Cain January 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Who cares about what job he has? how long till he's out on disability?
harleyrider8272 January 22, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Tea-party = American Taliban
charley January 23, 2014 at 04:25 PM
democrats =traitors to the constitution of america read it and see what the democrats believe and what it says and the proof is in black and white and no matter how much people try to turn it on who dont believe what thy do to bad the truth hurts u intolerant people
eyes wide shut January 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM
C'mon man, The young man becomes a firefighter and it becomes political about his father? Hmmmm The same people that bash this kid about his father are the ones that support the likes of Mitt Romney, Donald Turmp, GW Bush. now tell me these GENIUS"S would have all made it in the real world without their fathers??? So if Bruce's opinion is not the same as YOUR'S he's a phoney? Hmmmm seems like the guy he supported for Prez won..Seems like the Bully Gov of NJ would love the support of Bruce (FAT CHANCE) why is that? Now all those who bash this kid, tell us all whay YOUR commitment to your community is.....Next
Danny January 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM
And this is news why. While I compliment Sam, he is no different than all the others who volunteer. Hopefully he will not turn out like his father. But this is hardly front page news. Unfortunately the Press has become a rag paper and that is why I no longer buy it.
charley January 25, 2014 at 11:27 AM
u put people down for supporting mitt romney hes more of a real father figure then most in america and as far as giving back he gives more in charity then springfield,obama,reid, palosi combined and he doesn't trash people that disagree with him like the left and with all comming out about the IRS and other lies obama wouldn't have won if he didn't use the IRS and tell the lies so there go's your big WIN arguement and then there u go typical left with the fat comment your argument just went out the window with that remark alone u throw around a few that make u the typical lets see george bush genius's prez won and then the one that calls u out FAT
Sal January 25, 2014 at 04:59 PM
God please Bless them all and keep them safe. Our volunteer firemen and our volunteer First Aid Squad members serve our communities for FREE. They have to get up at all hours of the night when they are needed to help and protect us. These brave and caring men and women could be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner when they get a emergency call and off they go. And they place their own lives at risk when serving our communities for FREE. Regardless if it's 95 degrees outside or 5 below zero. Yet our mayors and town councilmen all get PAID for their safe in heated and air conditioned office 9 to 5 work. If our mayors and Town Council members cannot also serve our communities for free __ then they do not deserve to be helped and protected by our Volunteer firemen and first aid squad members and they really do not serve our communities and instead they are servings their own wallets.. THINK about it.
Jim January 25, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Why does the picture just mention 1 person? It should be all or none!!
CC January 26, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Perhaps NOW his proud parents will once again REMEMBER how the MIDDLE CLASS lives! Bon Jovi's kids should do the same. How soon they forget the middle class they came from. These are the WORKING CLASS OF NEW JERSEY that I feel you both helped to SCREW! Aren't you proud of what you campaigned for?!! Now, do something REALLY HELPFUL for NJ and get the "Affordable" (HA,HA,HA) Care Act Reformed...Go talk to your buddy! Good luck to your son.
Brian Hurrel January 26, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Wow. The kid of an uberwealthy celepbrity quietly and without fanfare volunteers his time for community service and that's an opportunity to take anonymous potshots at him and his family? Y'all are just some sad people.
Deep Throat January 26, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Big whoop. My son just got promoted, now that's news!
CC January 26, 2014 at 08:41 AM
Maybe so but, have you been paying attention to our HEALTH CARE CRISIS?! THAT is SAD and will get worse this year. That needs to stay in the news.
Sandee Faasse Russo January 26, 2014 at 06:58 PM
This is from the Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch which is a local news web site so very appropriate to be posted here. Now if this made national news then you could bitch but it's about local people.
CC January 26, 2014 at 08:40 PM
TOOOOO BAD! Everyone affected should speak up!
charley January 27, 2014 at 09:32 AM
cc almost every new paper or news blog in the country are pro obama or a very left leaning thought so all the democratic laws are preceved as good and thy don't carry any story for more then a day or 2 that don't make the dems look bad specially hillery or obama
Cole Van Develde January 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM
This story has it's priorities all out of whack. The main focus should be on the graduation of the fire academy. Then at the bottom a small paragraph about how Bruce Springsteen's kid was a part of the graduating class for all of those people who care more about celebrities than actual news. I don't get it I really dont. There were 42 graduates what makes him any more important than the other 41??????


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