Who knew that beer could save a life? One group of men found out that offering someone a drink and a kind word can go a long way. Some beer delivery men had just dropped off beer at a local bar and were on their way back to the warehouse when they saw a man standing on a bridge.
They could tell he was struggling emotionally and they feared that he was going to jump.
They couldn’t just ignore him so they pulled over and decided to try to help. The men tried to talk to the man.
Gaebel, the driver of the beer truck shouted to the man,
“Bro, you alright? Come on this side, bro.”
The man didn’t say anything. Gaebel said that he knew they needed to do something fast. He said,
“I’m thinking it’s either I help this guy or he’s going to jump. I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for police, things could be over.”
Another man in the beer truck, Anderson, tried to carry on a conversation with the man to get him to come down from the bridge.
The man was clearly upset. He told Anderson,
Anderson asked the man,
“Do you need any money?”
The man said he didn’t.
“Do you want to have a drink with me?”
The man seemed interested but didn’t say anything.
“Yeah? A beer?”
The man said,
Meanwhile, Gaebel had called the police and they were on their way. They arrived around the time Anderson got the guy to walk back away from the bridge with him.
“We just talked a guy off a ledge with some beer.”
Another man in the beer truck was videotaping everything.
On the video, Anderson can be heard saying,
“It’s a good day.”
He also said that he was extremely relieved when the man finally backed away from the bridge and he knew he was safe. Anderson said that there was never a doubt in his mind that he was going to help the man or at least try to help him.
“I knew that when I saw him standing here, I wasn’t going to leave until he came off.”
Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman, said,
“The really good thing is that this person driving by saw what was going on, recognized a person who was in crisis, and recognized that he could make a difference for them by stopping and talking.”
The company where the men work, Breakthru Beverage Minnesota, said also released a statement about the incident.
“Not all superheroes wear capes or even have superpowers. Some heroes simply stop and offer to help someone in need. We are honored to employ two incredible heroes.”
Sgt. Ernster also added,
“Beer has been bringing people together for a long, long time. Today, it brought people together in a life-saving way.”
The man has been sent to a hospital to get some help.
Anderson didn’t get a chance to give him a beer, because he was taken into custody as soon as the police and ambulance arrived. He hopes that once the man gets some help and is a better place in his life, he can treat him.
Anderson also happens to be a comedian and he invited the man to one of his shows when he feels up to it. He hopes they can talk and enjoy a drink together there.
“I told him he needs a laugh. I’ll make sure he gets a beer.”
While Anderson and Gaebel may have just been in the right place at the right time, there’s no denying they likely saved this man’s life. They are proof that sometimes you just have to be a good person to help someone. Hopefully, this man gets the help he needs.
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Source: Fox News, SF Gate