arrested Florida teen saves officer

A teen, who was hand-cuffed at the time, will be honored next week for saving the life of the Fort Lauderdale policeman who had arrested him.

On September 10, 2014, Officer Franklin Foulks was alone with Jamal Rutledge in a holding area filling out paperwork, when he suddenly collapsed. According to a police statement, the defendant “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area.”

They reported that medical staff said later Rutledge’s actions were largely responsible for Officer Foulks surviving the incident.

When other officers heard the teen, they found Officer Foulks lying on the ground clenching his chest and notified rescue services before using CPR and a defibrillator to keep him alive.

According to the Fort Lauderdale police department, Rutledge was being booked on a violation of juvenile probation. The teen and the three Fort Lauderdale police officers will be commended at a ceremony next Wednesday.  (WATCH the surveillance video below)

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  1. Well done young man! Some sickos might have let the cop die as “payback” even though they got arrested for a valid reason. Perhaps Mr. Rutledge’s action will inspire others to help someone no matter what the circumstances…however, I would let someone croak if they had hurt me or my family. We call that “instant karma” and there are some truly evil people in the world (like the psychos in ISIS or school shooters ) who I wouldn’t lift a hand to help.

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