Unemployed Hero Who Saved Baby Lands A Job
Babies are good for lots of things. Like giving you joy and love, and getting strangers on the sidewalk to awww in your direction. But they're not usually very skilled at helping you land a job. Except for little David Zamara, who was swept onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Tuesday by a fierce gust of wind. An unemployed man leapt after him, rescuing the boy as a train roared down the tracks. And when this act of heroism made headlines, the job offers came rolling in.
At first, it didn't seem like the story would have a happy ending, though. Out of work for more than a year, Delroy Simmonds, 30, a father of two himself, was on his way to a job interview when he saw the baby stroller, with Zamara strapped inside it, fall in the way of near certain death. The baby's mother, with three other children in tow, was "frozen in shock," reported The New York Daily News. The train was mere seconds away, according to a witness, when Simmonds jumped onto the tracks, lifted the stroller to safety, and pulled himself onto the platform, as the driver honked and came to an abrupt halt.
Simmonds missed the job interview because of his courageous leap. And after, he downplayed his heroism, explaining that anyone in his position would have done the same thing. "What I really need is a job," he added. And if people can get behind anything, it's helping a down-and-out guy who saved the life of a baby.
"Public Demands Job for 'Subway Hero' Delroy Simmonds for Saving Baby's Life," read a headline on The Christian Post.
"Someone Hire This Unemployed Hero, Right Now," demanded New York Magazine.
"Help Delroy Simmonds Until He Can Find A Job," declared IndieGoGo, a site that helps people raise money for campaigns, asking for petty cash donations to hold Simmonds over until a job offer came.
And on Wednesday, a job offer came. ABM Janitorial Services at Kennedy Airport offered him a job as a maintenance man for $9.50 an hour, $2 an hour more than new hires are usually paid. "Thank you, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you," Simmonds told the Daily News. "I'm just excited to start working."
Guy Rodriguez, project manager for the company, said ABM considered Simmonds an obvious addition to the team as soon as they read the story. "It says a lot about his character that he would jump on the tracks to save a little boy," he said. "We are happy to hire Delroy. We are honored."
Right after receiving the good news, Simmonds went to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center to visit Zamara, who survived his brush with death with just a head scrape.
"That's the little man that got me a job today," he said at the reunion.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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