CHATHAM, NJ - Sean Smiley became a second generation Chatham Borough Volunteer Firefighter when he was sworn in as a probationary firefighter on Monday night at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting.

The 19-year-old student at Coastal Carolina follows in the footsteps of his father, Steve, who has been a Chatham Borough firefighter since 1994.

"At an early age he showed interest and I thought eventually he'd join," Steve Smiley said. "It's something he's even thinking about doing professionally down the road. I'm very happy."

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The younger Smiley joined the Chatham Junior Fireman's Auxiliary Company on June 27, 2016. He recently completed the five-week course to receive his certification. He joins the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department's Hook and Ladd Company.

"My father had always been a firefighter as I was growing up and it was a dream of mine to join," Smiley said.