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Jamal Rutledge (pictured center) will be honored by the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida police department for helping to save the life of Officer Franklin Foulks, who arrested him last September.  Thanks to the 17-year-old boy’s quick thinking, Foulks is alive today, according to CBS News.

While Foulks was processing Rutledge’s arrest for violating juvenile probation, he suddenly fell ill and collapsed. Without waiting one precious minute, Rutledge, who was handcuffed, began kicking the security fence while yelling out to anyone within hearing reach that Foulks needed immediate help.

Three officers who were nearby just happened to hear Rutledge’s ruckus and responded.  The trio administered CPR and used a defibrillator in order to electronically jump start Foulks’ heart.

According to Ft. Lauderdale police, the medical personnel that tended to Foulks noted that had it not been for Rutledge’s quick thinking and the officers’ actions, Foulks might not have survived the heart-related incident he suffered on the job.

Rutledge and the three officers will be honored at a ceremony that will take place on January 20.

Note how the hero is being shooed away by an officer on the scene after he was the one who summoned for help!

Teen To Be Honored For Saving The Life Of Arresting Officer was originally published on

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7 thoughts on “Teen To Be Honored For Saving The Life Of Arresting Officer

  1. pac4me on said:

    Why are they just now telling about this incident? With so much bad news, this was something to shout about. As far as the officer shooing him away – Yes, he told him to sit back down and so what?

  2. This young man did the right thing although he was being arrested for violating his juvey probation-Kudos to him!!!!!

    Contrary to popular belief-all of our kids are not monsters and thugs!!!

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