How an offer of beer helped save a man's life in St. Paul

A man was talked out of jumping by a beer salesman/comedian.
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By night, Kwame Anderson is a comedian. By day, he delivers beer and saves lives.

The 29-year-old from St. Paul was traveling with co-worker Jason Gabel across the Earl Street Bridge over I-94 on Wednesday when they saw a man preparing to jump.

A video shared by Anderson shows the pair pull over and start talking with the suicidal man, before cutting to the aftermath in which Anderson explains he managed to help talk him down.

"I just talked a guy off the ledge with some beer," he said.

In his Facebook post, Anderson says he spoke with the man for an hour before convincing him to have a beer, running back to the truck and grabbing a 12-pack of Coors Light.

He gave more detail about the conversation to the Pioneer Press, saying he told him: "If you're thinking of jumping, you don't have to jump."

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He went on to tell the newspaper he was trying to channel Denzel Washington's negotiator in the movie Inside Man.

Speaking to FOX 9, Gabel said he liaised with police when they turned up on the scene while Anderson spoke with the man, telling police his co-worker "is an extremely intelligent guy."

"I said I think we can talk this guy off the ledge," he added.

The man in distress didn't get a chance to enjoy a beer, not yet at least, as he was immediately provided with medical support the second he stepped down from the bridge.

Anyone who is going through something similar should call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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