Delroy Simmonds became a hero yesterday after unexpected winds blew a baby's stroller onto the tracks of a Brooklyn subway station and, though the train was reportedly only "seconds away," Simmonds jumped down and saved the baby from what witnesses say was certain death.
“Right before the train came, I was able to pull up the stroller and myself, too,” he said. “It was just a reaction to seeing the stroller on the tracks.”
But Simmonds is shrugging off the praise.
“I’m just a normal person. Anybody in that situation should have done what I did,” he said. As a 30-year-old father of two, he said it was just "fatherly instinct."
Laid off from his last job close to a year ago, he commented: "What I really need is a job," and now it seems his luck has turned.
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The New York Daily News is reporting that Simmonds has been hired as a maintenance man at New York's Kennedy airport, and his new boss says it was an easy decision.
“It says a lot about his character that he would jump on the tracks to save a little boy,” said Rodriguez. “We are happy to hire Delroy. We are honored.”
After he was hired, Delroy reportedly said: “Thank you, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
He later told the Daily News: “I’m just excited to start working...I appreciate someone giving me the opportunity."
Reports say Delroy is being paid $2 an hour more than the average new hire, and will be making $9.50 an hour. However, he may not stay in that tax bracket for long, as he's already received a slew of other job offers.
"It's crazy," he said, putting on his new uniform, "it feels great."