Samaritan rescues child from NY subway tracks
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood action movie: a hero who comes from out of the blue to perform an amazing life-saving rescue. And then just like that, he disappears without a trace.
The heroic feat happened in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tuesday, when a good Samaritan jumped onto the subway tracks to retrieve a 1-year-old boy who had fallen, CBS station WCBS New York reported.
The man was identified as Delroy Simmonds by the Daily News. He was on his way to a job interview at JFK Airport when he performed the rescue.
A witness told the Daily News the boy's mother had just turned her back and was tending to her other children when the sudden wind gust pushed the stroller off the elevated platform.
Then out of nowhere, the Samaritan jumped in to get the toddler just as a subway train was arriving at the station. "He jumped down there with no questions. He was quick, really quick!" Khalima Ansari told CBS New York.
Authorities say the boy was taken to Brookdale Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Hospital administrators said the boy's forehead had a deep cut, but otherwise he was fine. They added that the boy's mother wanted to thank her rescuer.
"I commend him," said Ansari. "That was really brave! He's a hero. He really is."
And there's also good news for Simmonds: Having been unemployed for a year, according to the Daily News, he was hired by a janitorial company on Wednesday. "I'm just excited to start working," Simmonds said. "I appreciate someone giving me the opportunity."
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