August 16, 2018 05:44 AM
Two beer delivery men came across something unexpected and startling on their morning route - a man at his lowest ebb about to jump off a bridge over Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
"My first impression is this is not happening right now," Jason Gable said. "Is this fake?"
But he and co-worker Kwame Anderson quickly realized the situation was real.
Both jumped out of the truck and ran over to fence the man was clinging to. They began talking to him and called 911 for help.
Gable admitted he wasn't quite sure what to do to help in the situation.
"I was thinking to myself, this poor guy is going to end his life in front of us and Kwame and I were here to witness it," he said.
Anderson said he was trying to figure out exactly what to say to the man. Then, all of a sudden, the actor Denzel Washington popped into his head.
"I thought about his negotiating tactics in 'The Insider,'" he said. "I was like 'Alright, I got to be the negotiator.' I wanted to build a rapport with him. So I asked him his name, where he grew up. He says he's got a house four blocks away from here."
Anderson said he offered the man food, money, then a drink.
"I left and I grabbed a case of beer," he said. "I came back and said if you get down from there, this is yours."
The man did come down from the fence and was eventually taken away by ambulance.
"This is the best present a guy could have," Gable said. "You helped save somebody's life."
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. You can also speak with someone online at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.
Updated: August 16, 2018 05:44 AM
Created: August 15, 2018 07:43 PM
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