Teen Helps Save Life of Cop Who Was Booking Him

Jamal Rutledge was being processed when Officer Franklin Foulks collapsed
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2015 8:15 AM CST

As Franklin Foulks was processing a teen charged with probation violation for criminal mischief and burglary, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department officer suddenly fell from his chair and, writhing on the floor, grabbed at his chest. The handcuffed teen, 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, quickly stood up and banged at the door of the security fence, yelling for help, reports the Sun-Sentinel. Within seconds, three officers were performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator to restore Foulks' heart rhythm.

"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," the department said in a statement about the September incident. It will officially honor Jamal and the three intervening officers at a Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting next Wednesday, reports the Daily Dot. (In a reversal of sorts, an arresting officer helped a handcuffed suspect propose to his girlfriend.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.