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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — It seems that someone was watching out for this man. These delivery drivers weren’t supposed to take a particular route, but … for some reason … they did.
According to Fox 9, two delivery men had just finished transporting beer to a local tavern on Wednesday. Reportedly, they didn’t think their usual work day would be anything more than that. They were definitely wrong.
SAVING A MAN’S LIFE
Delivery drivers Jason Gabel and Kwame Anderson took a different route than usual and noticed a man clinging onto an overpass fence.
They immediately dialed 911 when they realized he was trying to jump. Gabel mentioned being heartbroken as he watched the man struggle with whether he wanted to live or die.
Since it might have taken authorities forever and five days to arrive to the scene, Anderson thought to take action then and there.
“I thought about Denzel Washington when he’s acting as a cop in movies,” Anderson told the source, “and I thought about when he’s a negotiator.”
NOTE: If you’re unfamiliar with Denzel Washington’s movies, he played the role of a negotiator in “Inside Man.” In the movie, he attempted to get a bank robbers to free hostages.
— Russ Martin (@RussMartinShow) August 20, 2018
According to Anderson, he stated: “Well, I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for police, this thing may be over.”
The source reports that, once officers arrived, they attempted to take over the situation. However, Anderson’s partner — Gabel — pleaded to let him finish the job. Reportedly, Gabel told the source as follows.
“I could feel tension in air; he was intimidated by white cops. I said, ‘My helper is an extremely intelligent guy’; I said, ‘I think we can talk this guy off the ledge.”
According to Fox 9, Anderson asked the man if he wanted to talk over a beer. After Anderson grabbed a 12-pack of Coors Light from his truck, the man came down from the fence.
Rightfully so, Anderson notes he was extremely relieved.
“I didn’t plan on saving anybody or doing anything drastic, but I knew when I saw him standing here I wasn’t going to leave until he came off.”
After they finished talking it out, the man was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Beer delivery drivers save the life of a man https://t.co/XTFwHcFvrq Good way to save a life in Minnesota is to appeal to their wants like a cold beer to drink.
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Gabel is almost a 20-year veteran with the company, Breakthru Beverage. According to him, they definitely didn’t drive their usual route.
“I don’t know why I did this. I take a left and I go toward the bridge but usually we always go straight. 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.”
St. Paul Police Sergeant Mike Ernster applauded Anderson and Gabel for their courage and understanding, according to the source.
“Beer has been bringing people together for a long, long time,” The Pioneer Press quotes Ernster. “Today, it brought people together in a life-saving way.”
If you’re interested in local coverage of the story, check out the video below.
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