While delivering beer, Kwame Anderson and Jason Gabel tapped into something unexpected. They used a case of beer to foil a suicide attempt.
Anderson and Gabel said they saw a man standing out the outer fence of a bridge over I-94 near St. Paul Wednesday morning.
The man told them “I am going to commit suicide. Watch me fly.”
Gable, who was driving, stopped the car, jumped out and called 911. Anderson approached the man and told him he didn’t need to jump.
The man, who he learned is a Chicago native and father of two, questioned Anderson’s sincerity.
“You don’t know me, you don’t care,” the man contemplating ending his life said.
Anderson kept talking and began negotiating, recalling a scene from a movie where Denzel Washington played the role of a negotiator.
“I was thinking, I got to build a rapport and give him all of his demands. But first I got to get to know him, so I asked him his name and where he was from.”
Then, Anderson asked the man if he “wanted to have a drink?”
“Then when he said ‘maybe,’ I was like officers, keep him occupied. I will be right back,” Anderson said. “I ran to the truck and grabbed a case of Coors Light. Came back with a 12 pack and started talking to him again. I said if you come down off that ledge, this whole pack is yours.”
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