Doing a good deed lands man a job
Train hero visits the little boy he saved - an act of heroism that's given him a job after more than a year of unemployment
Delroy Simmonds, 30, from Brooklyn, told the New York Post he was just trying to do the right thing when he jumped onto the tracks on Tuesday to pull little Daniel Zamara from the path of the J train.
His new boss said that it showed he had heart.
“What he did to save that baby, it just shows character,” said Guy Rodriguez, who hired Simmonds as a project employee doing maintenance at ABM Janitorial Services at Kennedy Airport. “He didn’t hesitate. He’s got a very good attitude,” Rodriguez said.
An unemployed man who saved a baby from an oncoming subway train got repaid with a full-time job a day later.
Simmonds had been unemployed for more than a year.
Simmonds and Daniel’s grateful family were reunited yesterday at the hospital.
“That’s the little man that got me a job today,” Simmonds said with a smile at 9-month-old Daniel as he walked into his room at Brookdale Hospital.
“I remember you. Thank you,” said the boy’s mother, Maria.
“It feels amazing, just seeing him alive,” said Simmonds.
Simmonds was on his way to a different job interview in Williamsburg when he saw the stroller roll onto the train tracks.
A witness said the tot’s mother forgot to put the brakes on the stroller as she was tending to his three siblings. That’s when the wind picked up, sending the stroller — and baby Daniel — onto the rails.
The quick-thinking Simmonds jumped down to the tracks and pulled the stroller out of harm’s way as a train approached.
Simmonds will be making $9.50 (R80) an hour when he starts his new job in two weeks — but his new boss says that he could become a supervisor, given his qualifications and experience