Video: Teen hailed as hero for saving life of cop who was booking him

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Fort Lauderdale Police Department

A Florida teen arrested for violating probation saved the life of the police officer who was booking him into custody.

Jamal Rutledge, 17was being processed in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department by Officer Franklin Foulks, 49, on charges of burglary and other probation violations, when Foulks collapsed to the floor.

Caught on security surveillance the handcuffed Rutledge, who was sitting on a bench near the booking area, began to scream and kick at the security fence to alert officers that Foulks needed help.

Because of Rutledge’s alarm, officers were able to assist Foulks by performing CPR and using the defibrillator until emergency personnel arrived to take the officer to Broward Health Medical Center.  Doctors at Broward credit the teen’s quick response in obtaining help for saving the officer’s life.

Foulks is currently serving light duty and is expected to make a full recovery and will return to full duty in about a month.

Rutledge, meanwhile, will be honored at a Fort Lauderdale city commission meeting being held later this month with the three fellow officers who helped save Foulks’ life.

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Michele Holt

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