Unemployed Man Saves Baby From Oncoming Train, Misses Job Interview
11 months ago
A local hero
A Brooklyn man saved a baby's life after seeing a strong gust of wind knock its stroller onto the subway tracks of an oncoming train, according to the NY Daily News.
Delroy Simmonds, 30, was on his way to a job interview yesterday afternoon when he saw 9-month-old Daniel Zamara take a tumble onto the tracks at the elevated Van Siclen Avenue station on Fulton Street in Cypress Hills.
His mother Maria was busy tending to his 3 siblings and had forgotten to put the brakes on. She froze in shock when she saw her son fall.
Simmonds, a father of two, then jumped onto the tracks and hoisted the bleeding child — still strapped into his stroller — to the safety of the platform as the J train bore down on them. He pulled himself up just as the train jerked to a stop halfway into the station, witnesses said.
[UPDATE: Delroy Simmonds is Hired!!!]
Khalima Ansari, 21, who called 911, said, “The baby had a big gash on his forehead. You could see his skull."
But Simmonds insists he didn't do anything out of the ordinary, saying, “Everybody is making me out to be some sort of superhero. I’m just a normal person. Anybody in that situation should have done what I did. I jumped down and I snatched the baby up. The train was coming around the corner as I lifted the baby from the tracks. I really wasn’t thinking. It was the fatherly instinct. I have two daughters of my own — 8 and 5. I was being a father. I would have done it for any baby."
Now all he wants is to get back to his job interview. "I’ve been looking for a job for a year and change. I’m looking for something to support my family. What I really need is a job," he said.
Simmonds said he had another interview scheduled for Wednesday.