Unemployed man who saved toddler from oncoming subway train in Brooklyn gets a job
An unemployed Brooklyn man who was hailed as a "superhero without a cape"â€”or a jobâ€”after he rescued a 9-month-old boy from an oncoming subway train on Tuesday now has a job.
Delroy Simmonds, 30, was hired as a maintenance worker at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to the Daily News.
"We read the story and were like, 'Wow! This is unbelievable. This guy is a hero,'" Guy Rodriguez, the project manager who hired Simmonds, said.
On Tuesday, Simmonds jumped from an elevated platform to save the toddler, whose stroller had been blown onto the tracks by a wind gust. The boy's mother, Maria Zamara, "stood frozen in shock," according to the paper.
Simmondsâ€”who was on his way to a job interviewâ€”"jumped onto the elevated tracks and hoisted the bleeding childâ€”still strapped into his strollerâ€”to the safety of the platform as the J train bore down on them."
According to witnesses, Simmonds did not hesitate.
"He jumped down there, no questions," Khalima Ansari told CBS's New York affiliate. "It was quick, it was real quick."
"Everybody is making me out to be some sort of superhero," Simmonds, a father of two, told the paper. "I'm just a normal person. Anybody in that situation should have done what I did."
The child was treated at a local hospital for cuts to the face and head, and is "doing fine."
Simmonds, who said he had been out of work since being laid off as a vocational trainer for the mentally disabled over a year ago, missed his interview.
"What I really need is a job," he said.