A young man who was being booked by Florida police became a hero when his quick reaction helped save the officer who was processing him.
Jamal Rutledge was being processed in September by Fort Lauderdale Police Department Officer Franklin Foulks when Foulks suddenly collapsed and remained on the floor.
Surveillance video shows that Rutledge reacted immediately by screaming and kicking the security fence to try to draw other officers’ attention.
On Tuesday, Rutledge was honored by the police department for helping save Foulks’ life. Rutledge was being booked for violating parole at the time of the incident. The teenager’s reaction alerted Sgt. Todd Bunin, who contacted police dispatch. Two other officers arrived shortly after and administered CPR and used a defibrillator to restore a normal heartbeat.
A statement by the police department said, “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.”
Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark, the men who performed CPR, Foulks and Rutledge will also be honored at the Fort Lauderdale Commission Meeting.