The Korea Herald


'Hero' who rescued baby on tracks gets job

By 이종민

Published : June 30, 2012 - 12:55

    • Link copied

An official at the New York company that hired a man who rescued a baby from Brooklyn subway tracks says the company is honored to employ the "hero."

Delroy Simmonds, who rescued 9-month-old David Zamara Monday, had been unemployed for more than a year before accepting the offer Wednesday from ABM Janitorial services at Kennedy Airport, the New York Daily News reported.

"It says a lot about his character that he would jump on the tracks to save a little boy," said Guy Rodriguez, project manager for the company. "We are happy to hire Delroy. We are honored."

Simmonds was reunited with the baby Wednesday at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, where David's mother, Maria Zamara, said he is "doing fine."

Simmonds jumped onto the subway tracks and rescued the baby after a strong wind blew the baby's stroller onto the tracks and pulled him to the platform before a J train arrived.

"We read the story and were like, 'Wow! This is unbelievable. This guy is a hero,'" Rodriguez said.

Simmonds, a father of two, called David "the little man that got me a job today."

"It feels amazing, just seeing him alive," Simmonds told David's mother.

After getting the offer for the job as a maintenance man at $9.50 an hour, Simmonds said, "Thank you, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Simmonds received numerous other job offers Wednesday and offers from people wanting to donate money after reading of the rescue, the News said.