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Coors Light saves lives': Beer deliverymen talk man out of suicide by offering him a 12-pack

Beer deliverymen Kwame Anderson and Jason Gaebel are being hailed as heroes after talking a suicidal man off a bridge with a 12-pack of Coors Light in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Image source: Video screencap)

Beer deliverymen Kwame Anderson and Jason Gaebel are being hailed as heroes after talking a suicidal man off an overpass by offering him a 12-pack of Coors Light.

What happened?

Gaebel and Anderson spotted the man clinging to the opposite side of a chain-link fence on a bridge over Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minnesota. As they approached in their beer truck, Anderson filmed with his phone while Gaebel, who was driving, asked the man, "Bro, you all right? Come on this side, bro."

The man responded, "I am going to commit suicide. Watch me fly."

At that point, Anderson cut the video, called 911 and approached the man to try and coax him off the ledge.

"I'm thinking it's either I help this guy or he's going to jump," Anderson later told KMSP-TV, "I thought about Denzel Washington when he's acting as a cop in movies. I said, 'Well, I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for the police, things could be over.'"

Anderson spoke with the suicidal man for an hour, continuing long after police arrived at the scene. He found out the man's name was Leroy, that he lived only four blocks away, had children, and was from Chicago.

Leroy refused Anderson's offers of food and money, but when the deliveryman asked, "Do you want to have a drink with me?" he paused.

Anderson pressed further: "Yeah? A beer?"

"Maybe," the man replied.

While police distracted the would-be jumper, Anderson ran back to the beer truck, grabbed a 12-pack of the Silver Bullet, opened it, and then successful lured Leroy to the safe side of the fence with the enticement of joining him for a brewski and keeping the rest.

Leroy was transported to the hospital by emergency personnel and ultimately didn't get the beer he was promised.

Anything else?

The reason Gaebel and Anderson were crossing the bridge that day was because Gaebel took a wrong turn.

"I don't know why I did this. I take a left and I go toward the bridge but usually we always go straight," he told KARE-TV. "We have a route that we do every Wednesday and that wasn't the way I would normally go. It wasn't part of the plan, but it was God's plan."

Anderson agreed, but added that it wasn't just the Lord's will that kept the man from jumping: "Coors Light saves lives."

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