An unemployed New York man who rescued a baby from getting hit by a subway car was reunited with the little boy today, hours after being offered a new job.
“That’s the little man that got me a job today,” Delroy Simmonds told the press at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
Simmonds, who’d been jobless for over a year, was on his way to a job interview Monday morning when 9-month-old David Zamara and his carriage were blown onto the tracks at the Van Siclen Ave. station Brooklyn, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The tracks at Van Siclen are elevated several stories above street level.
Simmonds, 30, jumped onto the tracks, grabbed the bleeding little boy and pulled him in his stroller to safety.
The heroic actions made him miss the interview.
Two days after rescuing baby Zamara, Simmonds was offered a job as a maintenance man with ABM Janitorial Services at Kennedy International Airport.
Project Manager for ABM, Guy Rodriguez, says he’s happy to have Simmonds on his team.
“It says a lot about his character that he would jump on the tracks to save a little boy,” Rodriguez told Daily News. “We are happy to hire Delroy. We are honored.”
Simmonds will earn $9.50 an hour at the airport, and will be working in Terminal Three. He says saving baby Zamara’s life also saved his.
“Thank you, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Simmonds told the Daily News. “I’m just excited to start working.”
Earlier, Simmonds, a father of two, rejected the title of being a hero.
“I jumped down and I snatched the baby up,” Simmonds told Daily News earlier this week. “The train was coming around the corner as I lifted the baby from the tracks. I really wasn’t thinking.”
“Everybody is making me out to be some sort of superhero,” Simmonds said. “I’m just a normal person. Anybody in that situation should have done what I did.”