Jamal Rutledge, Florida Teen, Honored For Saving Cop’s Life After Arrest


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By Andres Jaregui, Huffington Post

A Florida teenager under arrest for violating his juvenile probation will be honored as a hero for saving the life of the Fort Lauderdale police officer who was booking him.

Officer Franklin Foulks, 49, was completing booking paperwork on Jamal Rutledge, 17, when he collapsed to the floor clutching at his chest. Rutledge, who was in handcuffs, sprang into action. He kicked at the security door and yelled for help, alerting other officers to the emergency.

Sergeant Todd Bunin arrived within moments, called a rescue crew and radioed for assistance. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark responded minutes later. Together the officers applied an electric defibrillator and performed CPR on Foulks.

From left to right: Officer Ketchmark, Officer Foulks, Jamal Rutledge, Officer Norvis, Serbeant Bunin

From left to right: Officer Ketchmark, Officer Foulks, Jamal Rutledge, Officer Norvis, Sergeant Bunin

When rescue crews arrived, Foulks was taken to an area hospital. Medical personnel said that he survived in part due to Rutledge’s quick thinking and the officers’ prompt response. Foulks has been on light duty since collapsing, but is expected to return to full duty by the end of the month

Rutledge and the three Fort Lauderdale police officers will be honored in a ceremony on January 21, according to CBS News.

On the day Foulks collapsed, Jamal Rutledge was under arrest for violating probation stemming from earlier charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

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