“That’s the little man that got me a job today,” Delroy Simmonds said during a reunion with little David Zamara at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
“It feels amazing. Just seeing him alive,” Simmonds, a father of two, told the 9-month-old child’s mom, Maria Zamara. “It’s a miracle.” Simmonds, who had been unemployed for over a year, went straight to the hospital after getting hired as a maintenance man at Kennedy Airport.
“I remember you,” Maria Zamara told Simmonds. “Thank you.” She said her boy, whose head was bandaged, is “doing fine.” Just two days after showing bravery in the face of peril, Simmonds accepted a position Wednesday with a janitorial company even as other job offers began to pour in.
“Thank you, Lord. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” an overjoyed Simmonds said when ABM Janitorial Services at Kennedy hired him. “I’m just excited to start working,” Simmonds told the Daily News.
Delroy Simmonds poses with Maria Zamara and her 9-month-old son, who he saved.
“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.”
Simmonds will earn $9.50 an hour, about $2 more than new hires are paid at the company. On Tuesday, Simmonds was headed to interview with another company at JFK when he turned into a superhero at the Van Siclen Ave. station in Cypress Hills.
A strong gust of wind blew the baby’s stroller from the platform onto the track. Simmonds jumped onto the tracks and hoisted the bleeding child to the safety of the platform as a J train bore down on them. "We read the story and were like, ‘Wow! This is unbelievable. This guy is a hero,’” Rodriguez said.
Simmonds insists he was just doing what he hoped anyone in a similar situation would do, and seemed surprised at the reaction over his good deed. He’ll be working as a maintenance man in Terminal Three at the airport, but will also be responsible for keeping his eyes open for potential danger — which he’s already shown he has a knack for.
Besides the job he accepted, Simmonds received a slew of employment offers Wednesday and even offers from people wanting to donate money to help him out after reading of his heroics in The News.
“It’s crazy,” he said, trying on his new uniform, a light-blue striped shirt with the ABM logo. “It feels great.”