​Arrested Teen Saves Officer After Collapsing To Floor In Jail

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Feb, 1, 2015 | 11:37 PM

An arrested teen saves an officer’s life as he was being booked in a Fort Lauderdale jail. It was all caught on camera while one was filling out paperwork when he suddenly fell from his chair as he clutched his chest. Jamal Rutledge, 17, is being credited to saving Officer Franklin Foulks, 49, on Sept. 10, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

According to a police statement issued to the Sarasota Patch, Rutledge “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area.” The events were captured on one of the facility’s surveillance cameras.

Officers soon arrived to find Foulks semiconscious on the floor. After calling Fire Rescue, Sgt. Todd Bunin removed Foulks’ police gear and began cutting off his shirt. Officer Robert Norvis arrived to help and began performing CPR. Officer Raymond Ketchmark grabbed a defibrillator and began stimulating Foulks’ heart.

The arrested teen who saved the officer was moved to another cell when rescue crews arrived. Foulks was taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

“Broward Health Medical Staff noted that Rutledge’s actions and the quick response of these officers were largely responsible for Officer Foulks surviving this medical episode,” police said in the statement.

Now, Rutledge and the three officers who helped keep Foulks alive are going to be honored at a Jan. 21 city commission meeting. The Ft. Lauderdale Police Department shared a photo of the officers with a proud looking Rutledge on Twitter.

Rutledge was being booked for violating probation. His charges included burglary and violation of juvenile imposed conditions, but due to his juvenile status, no further details about his crimes were known.

While the arrested teen saved the officer, his behavior hasn’t changed. According to Detective DeAnna Greenlaw, he has been arrested “multiple times” since the September incident.

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