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St. Paul police honor officers for heroic deeds


The man was distraught, in tears and standing on the wrong side of the long bridge above the Mississippi River.

Five St. Paul police officers spent two hours trying to calm the suicidal man's nerves on a cold December day in 2014. Eventually, he said a prayer, turned to the officers, thanked them, said goodbye and leapt off the High Bridge — but just as instantaneously, the officers' arms shot out and grabbed onto whatever they could reach.

"To be in that position with these men here, it was automatic," said Sgt. Don Benner. "You just do what you have to do."


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