Thursday, 15 January 2015

Cuffed Teen Helps Save A Cop Life

 Jamal Rutledge, 17, raised the alarm as the officer who was booking him at a police station went into cardiac arrest.

Officer Franklin Foulks was booking Jamal Rutledge at the police station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 10 September when the drama unfolded.

The policeman suddenly collapsed and the handcuffed 17-year-old began kicking the security fence and shouting to alert others to the medical emergency.

Officers heard the noise and responded to find 49-year-old Officer Foulks clutching his chest in distress.

They administered CPR and used a defibrillator to electronically stimulate his heart.
In a statement, Fort Lauderdale police credited Rutledge's quick thinking and the officers' response for Officer Foulks' survival.

The teen and three Fort Lauderdale police officers will be commended at a ceremony next Wednesday.

Rutledge was being processed at the time of the incident on charges of violation of probation for criminal mischief and burglary.

Despite being hailed as a hero, he has apparently not managed to stay on the right side of the law.
Rutledge has been arrested "multiple times" since last September.

Jamal is to be honored for saving the life of a police officer who suffered a heart attack after arresting him.