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

Teen Honored For Saving Cop's Life After Arrest

A Florida teen who had been arrested for violating his juvenile probation will be honored as a hero for saving the life of the cop who was booking him in jail.

Surveillance footage captures the moment back in September when Fort Lauderdale police officer Franklin Foulks, 49, collapses from chest pain as he's booking Jamal Rutledge, 17.

Foulks falls back while he's doing paper work, struggles on the ground and grabs at his chest. Rutledge springs into action and begins kicking on the security door, alerting other officers. Detective DeAnna Greenlaw told the Sun Sentinel that Rutledge also yelled for help.

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Left to right: Officer Raymond Ketchmark, Officer Franklin Foulks, Jamal Rutledge, Officer Robert Norvis, Sergeant Todd Bunin (Fort Lauderdale PD/Twitter)

Greenlaw said Sergeant Todd Bunin came within moments, called a rescue crew and radioed for assistance. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark responded minutes later, and together the cops fetched a defibrillator and performed CPR on Foulks.

Once 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.

Rutledge and the three Fort Lauderdale police officers will be honored at a ceremony Jan. 21, according to CBS News. Foulks has been on light duty since collapsing, but is expected to return to full duty by the end of the month.

The Sun Sentinel said Rutledge has unfortunately racked up multiple arrests since saving Foulks' life.

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