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Someone Hire This Unemployed Subway Hero, Right Now

This is not the precise station where Simmonds saved the baby, but it is a J Train station so close enough. Photo: The Eyes Of New York’s flickr

That mystery subway hero from yesterday afternoon is a mystery no more. He’s 30-year-old father of two Delroy Simmonds, who was actually on the way to a job interview when he jumped onto the elevated J-train tracks in Cypress Hills to rescue a baby. He saved the baby, but missed the interview. (Little tip we’ve picked up over the years: Head to your job interview an hour early and wait at a Starbucks or something. That way, you leave time for subway delays, saving babies, etc.) “I’ve been looking for a job for a year and change,” Simmonds told the Daily News. “I’m looking for something to support my family.” 

Obviously, this situation needs to be remedied as soon as possible. If we live in a world where a bus monitor is rewarded with $660,000 just for being mocked but an unemployed man can’t even get a job offer after risking his own life to save a baby, well, that world kind of sucks. We don’t know a lot about Simmonds’s qualifications other than that he saved a baby, but so what? If we were Simmonds, that would be the first bullet point on our résumé. “Saved baby from subway tracks, June 2012.” What more do you need to know?

Someone Hire This Unemployed Subway Hero