By Alisha Jackson
Dan Barkalow will never forget this year’s Veterans Day, thanks to his own kindness, and Bruce Springsteen‘s broken down bike.
Barkalow was leading the Freehold American Legion Riders back from a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey on Friday, when he noticed a biker broken down on the side of the road. Without hesitation, the veteran pulled over to assist his fellow motorcyclist, who he immediately recognized as the New Jersey native rocker.
He told CNN that he was “a little starstruck” upon identifying the boss, but continued to assist him. Unable to get Springsteen’s bike battery to charge, Barkalow’s group gave him a ride to a restaurant called Mulligan’s, where the rocker treated them to a round of drinks, and chatted about motorcycles and “good old Freehold” for about 45 minutes until his ride arrived.
Rider Ryan Bailey said that Bruce took down the names and numbers of everyone who helped him in the Freehold American Legion Riders group. “He said, ‘If I’m ever in the area I’ll get you tickets for the show.’ It was pretty neat,” Bailey said.