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.

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"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."

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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

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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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calliopemom1952

This is a heartwarming story. Maybe someone can step forward and get a scholarship for him so he can get a better paying job. wouldnt that be wonderful? This story made me feel really good....

June 29 2012 at 5:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nvisiblegypsys

Well Done Mr. Simmonds !!!
I hope your new gig works into something really nice for you!

June 29 2012 at 4:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keithcalypso2

I WILL LIFT MY HAT TO YOU MR SIMMONS, THANKS IN JESUS NAME, FOR YOUR HEROIC ACT OF BRAVERY, AND KINDNESS , YOU ARE AN ANGEL AMONG US, BECAUSE OF YOUR ACT A BABY IS ALIVE, GOD OUR FATHER GAVE YOU THE NECESSARY COURAGE TO ACT INA HURRY IN THAT INSTANT TO MAKE THE CORRECT MOVE AND JUMP IN TO ACTION, AND SAVE A BABYS LIFE, YOU ARE AN ANGEL , AMONG US AS PEOPLE , I CALL IT BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, THANKS AGAIN.

June 29 2012 at 4:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rbrtruss4

that is good to finally read something positive happen on aols home page and the man deserves a job and more money he saved a kids life instead of taking one

June 29 2012 at 3:04 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
campo84748

9.50$ an hour for this hero? I think he is worth far far more. Wont some company step forth and offer him something better???

June 29 2012 at 3:03 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Victoria

The fact he was offered a maintenance and not a management position suggests he lacks the education and/or skills to be offered a better position. So while what he did is commendable, I doubt anyone is going to give him a job doing something he doesn't know how to do. Or, pay him wages above what he's qualified to earn. Would you want him to become YOUR boss if he knows less about the job than you do simply because he kept a baby from being hit by a train? I doubt it seriously.

April 23 2013 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
madarch

im in college now cus i tried working and realized there are no jobs in new york that pay well without college, well except construction jobs but i dont want to do that

June 29 2012 at 2:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
valeria

I'm pretty sure it was Simmonds risking his life for the baby. not God.

June 29 2012 at 2:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Christi

We need more good stories like this in the news! Congratulations to him (and the mom for her baby being okay!)

June 29 2012 at 1:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rita Parsons

God bless you Mr. Simmonds.

June 29 2012 at 1:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
EMPRESS JENI

GOD WORKS IN SOME WAYS , ONLY GOD STEPPED IN
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS.

June 29 2012 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Patti

Jesus didn't get him the job, his bravery saving the child did!

June 29 2012 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jo mama

hes saying the bravery was god

June 29 2012 at 3:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

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