Helping others if you yourself is in need is a difficult thing to do. People in this situation would normally think of his or herself first before anything else. How are we going to help others if we are bothered by our own problems anyway?
Delroy Simmonds, an unemployed man living in New York, was about to have his interview. But he jumped in front of the subway car to save a nine-month old baby who fell onto the tracks, the New York Daily News reports.
The infant’s stroller was knocked off by strong wind onto the tracks when Simmonds, who was laid off last year and was en route to a job interview for a maintence position, saw what happened.
Both Simmonds and the child made it out with no bruises or whatnot.
When interviewed by the Daily News, Simmonds humbly said, “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.”
With all the public recognition that keeps on coming, Simmonds never loses his focus: “What I really need now is a job,” he said.
**Update: Today, the Daily News reports that Simmonds has been hired as a maintenance man at JFK airport and “will earn $9.50 an hour, about $2 more than new hires are paid at the company.