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Beer Vendors Think Fast to Prevent Suicide

They offered man on bridge a Coors Light
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 16, 2018 7:33 PM CDT
Updated Aug 17, 2018 3:03 AM CDT
Offer of Beer Keeps Man From Jumping Off Bridge
Coors Light.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Police say two Minnesota beer deliverymen prevented a suicidal man from jumping off an interstate bridge in St. Paul by offering the man a Coors Light, the AP reports. Authorities say Jason Gable and Kwame Anderson were driving their truck Wednesday morning when they spotted the man clinging to the outer fence of the bridge and asked him if he was OK. Anderson, who called 911, tells the Pioneer Press he recalled negotiating tactics Denzel Washington used in the movie Inside Man and tried to build a rapport with the man before offering to talk to him over a beer about what was bothering him.

"I said, 'well, I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for police, this thing may be over,’" Anderson tells FOX9. Anderson talked with the suicidal man for nearly an hour, continuing even when the police showed up. "I could feel tension in the air; he was intimidated by white cops." Police say the man eventually inched his way to safety, per the AP. Police arrived and closed the interstate until the man came down and was taken to a hospital—before he could drink a Coors Light. "Beer has been bringing people together for a long, long time,” the St. Paul police spokesman tells the Pioneer Press. "Today, it brought people together in a life-saving way."

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