Unemployed man misses job interview to save baby from subway tracks, gets job offers
30-year-old unemployed father of two, Delroy Simmonds, was on his way to a job interview on Monday when a sudden wind gust blew a baby stroller onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn. Simmonds jumped immediately onto the tracks to save nine-month-old David Zamara just before the train arrived.
“I jumped down and I snatched the baby up,” Simmonds told NY Daily News. “The train was coming around the corner as I lifted the baby from the tracks. I really wasn’t thinking.”
His heroic act caused him to miss his interview.
On Wednesday, Simmonds went to see baby Zamara and his mother, Maria — right after accepting a new full-time job offer at Kennedy International Airport as a maintenance worker. It was one of many job offers that Simmonds received after his story made headlines. Simmonds had been looking for a job for more than a year.
“That’s the little man that got me a job today,” Delroy Simmonds told the New York Daily News.
Simmonds dismisses his new hero status, claiming that “anybody in that situation should have done what” he did.
“It was the fatherly instinct. I have two daughters of my own — eight and five. I was being a father. I would have done it for any baby,” Simmonds said.
“It says a lot about his character that he would jump on the tracks to save a little boy,” said Guy Rodriguez when asked why his company made a job offer to Simmonds. “We are happy to hire Delroy. We are honored.”