Two Minnesota beer deliverymen convinced a man not to jump off a bridge and commit suicide by offering him a 12-pack.
Jason Gaebel and Kwame Anderson were driving their truck in St Paul on Wednesday morning when they saw a man standing on the other side of a chain-link fence on the Bridge. Gaebel, who is in the driver’s seat, can be seen calling out to him: Yo, bro, you alright? Man, come on this side, bro.
So for the next hour, even after police arrived, Anderson talked to the man. He asked him his name, where he grew up, whether he had kids. He found out the man lived about four blocks from the bridge, that he had children and that he was originally from Chicago.
As the officers continued distracting the man, Anderson rushed to the beer truck, grabbing a 12-pack of Coors Light. He brought the case of beer to the bridge’s ledge, opened it, and told the man that if he climbed down from there, the 12-pack was all his.
The man agreed, slowly retreating to safety, where emergency responders placed him in an ambulance and transported him to a hospital.
Their employer, Breakthru Beverage, a distributor of beer, wine and spirits, praised the work of Anderson and Gaebel.
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