A Florida teen being booked for violating probation is now called a hero for his help in saving a police officer’s life.
Jamal Rutledge, 17, was being booked by Officer Franklin Foulks, 49, in Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 10 2014, when Foulks suddenly collapsed. Rutledge began alerting other officers by kicking the security fence while a surveillance footage captured the whole scene.
Rutledge was handcuffed and seated against a wall across from Foulks who was filling out the paper work unexpectedly clutch his chest then fall to the floor.
Rutledge then walks over to see what happened to the officer before alerting others for help.
Sgt. Todd Bunin, officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark came to Foulks rescue and Norvis performed CPR to revive Foulks.
Rescue crews arrived, and Foulks was taken to the Broward Health Medical Center.
The staff at Broward Health Medical Center noted that Rutledge’s actions and the quick response of the other officers were largely responsible for saving Foulks’ life.
The three officers and the teen who saved Foulks life, are now being honored at the January 21, city commission meeting with the lifesaving award and officers of the month.
Chief of Police Franklin Adderley said, “Any individual who saves another’s life should be commended. Jamal was presented with a difficult situation and made the decision to alert officers to the officer who was in distress- the Fort Lauderdale Police Department commends him for his heroic actions.”
According to Detective DeAnna Greenlaw, he has been arrested “multiple times” since the September incident.