by Cassandra R. Elias
It was a windy afternoon on the "J" subway platform on the New York subway at Van Siclen Avenue. A mother had her one-year-old baby boy in a stroller with her. Her three other children were on a bench.
As she was tending to the three children, she turns around to see the child's stroller roll onto the subway tracks when a strong gust of wind blew through! She had apparently forgotten to put the brake on the stroller.
An eyewitness, Khalima Ansari, 21, saw the entire horrible incident. She told the New York Post, "And my heart was in my stomach. I was shaking. It was scary."
Delroy Simmons was also there on his way to a job interview. He didn't think twice, and instantly jumped down on the tracks. "This is how I knew the baby was in the stroller. When the stroller went over I saw his head fling out. When I picked him up the blood and everything was dripping off his body," Simmons said as he shook his head in disbelief.
Ansari said, "He's a hero, no doubt about it. He saw the train coming. And what was so scary was that the train was coming and like seconds away from hitting them. I don't know if the conductor would've saw the baby if the guy wasn't there. Anybody could have thought, 'Well I don't want to lose my life,' but he didn't care. He just jumped down and he got the baby just in time. I respect him a lot for that."
Simmons got the toddler back on the platform with help from the little boy's shocked mom and another good Samaritan. He then pushed himself back onto the platform as the driver was honking his horn. The driver was able to stop with only seconds to spare.
The baby boy suffered a gash in the middle of his head which was gushing blood. The mother was shocked and scared.
When the EMTs arrived and started cleaning the wound, the toddler started crying, which was a good sign. He is now hospitalized and expected to survive.
As for the heroic, Simmonds, "I feel good that the baby is alive, and didn't get smashed by that train. When I got home, I started crying. Like a little baby."
While some may jump on the mother for forgetting to set the stroller brake, we moms are not infallible and often, it is the kindness of strangers lending a helping hand that saves the day, albeit in less dramatic ways.
Have you encountered an incident where a stranger helped you out with your kids in some way?