Arrested Teen's Quick-Thinking Saves a Cop’s Life; Now He's Hailed As a Hero

Monica Sanchez | January 14, 2015

A teen arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on charges of criminal mischief and burglary is now being hailed a hero for saving the life of a police officer who had collapsed from a heart attack.

Jamal Rutledge was seated, handcuffed in the police station’s booking area nearby Officer Franklin Foulks, who was busy processing the teen’s paperwork.

Rutledge witnessed Foulks suddenly fall to the ground in front of him, the officer clasping at his chest in severe pain.

The juvenile defendant paced the cell and kicked at the security fencing, yelling to get the other officers’ attention.

Thanks to the teen’s quick thinking, emergency responders rushed in and proceeded to perform CPR on the downed cop.

Officers were able to restart Foulks’ heart with the jolt of a defibrillator. He was then taken to the hospital.

If it had not been for Rutledge’s action and the quick response of the Fire Rescue team, Foulks would have died, doctors said.  

Rutledge and the three officers involved in the rescue back in Sept. are now to be honored by city officials for their heroics.


The Fort Lauderdale City Commission meeting is scheduled to take place Jan. 21.

Watch video footage of the incident below.


H/T Daily Mail