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Arrested Teen Helps Fla. Officer Who Collapsed

January 13, 2015  | 

Jamal Rutledge (center) was commended for helping to save the life of Officer Franklin Foulks (second from left). Photo: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) PD
Jamal Rutledge (center) was commended for helping to save the life of Officer Franklin Foulks (second from left). Photo: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) PD

A Florida teen who has often found himself on the wrong side of the law is now being hailed as a hero after he helped saved the life of a police officer who was booking him at the jail, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Jamal Rutledge, 17, was handcuffed and sitting in the Fort Lauderdale police booking facility on Sept. 10, a few feet away from a desk where Officer Franklin Foulks was doing paperwork.

Suddenly, Foulks, 49, leaned backward from the desk, toppled off his chair and collapsed to the floor, according to Detective DeAnna Greenlaw.

Seeing Foulks in distress, Rutledge got up and began kicking the security fence and yelling to alert other officers in the area. The events were captured on surveillance video.

Rutledge, a Fort Lauderdale resident, along with three police officers who teamed up to save Foulks' life, will be honored Jan. 21 at a city commission meeting.

Comments (5)

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eodk9trainer @ 1/14/2015 4:18 AM

Maybe this will be the catalyst to help turn the teens life around. Good for him for helping the officer.

TX Lawman @ 1/14/2015 6:55 AM

Kudos to Jamal Rutledge! This is a young man that made a mistake and ended up in jail but knew when to do the right thing. Don't know why Jamal was in jail; could have been a traffic ticket, but for whatever reason, Jamal didn't blame the police and saved the officer's life. Prayers go out to PO Franklin Folks and Jamal. The Lord be with them both!

Promise jones @ 1/14/2015 9:39 AM

Kudos to Jamal.

kevCopAz @ 1/14/2015 10:41 AM

GREAT JOB! I vote for an immediate dismissal of charges against the young man (pervading they weren't violent crimes) We need more folks like him.

Joyce B @ 2/12/2015 3:03 PM

Thank God for this man and all officers. Take each person on an individual basis. This brings us all so much closer together when we figure out we are so much alike.
Let God rule.

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