A Florida teen who was processed into the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department Booking Facility is set to be commended later this month for heroically helping to save the life of an officer who collapsed while booking him, an incident that was captured on surveillance camera.
According to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, on Sept. 10, 2014, Officer Franklin Foulks was in the process of booking 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, when the cop collapsed.
As the video shows, Rutledge “immediately began to kick the security fence and yell to alert officers in the area,” police said in a news release.
Sgt. Todd Bunin overheard the commotion — and with the assistance of Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark — aided Foulks with CPR and a defibrillator before emergency medical services got to the scene.
Det. DeAnna Greenlaw told ABC News that Foulks is now on light duty, but expected to return to full duty by the end of the month.
“We are incredibly happy and fortunate to this officer back to work,” she said.
She told ABC News that the police officers who assisted Foulks as well as Rutledge will be receiving the life-saving award, as well as being awarded officers of the month.
Regarding Rutledge, Greenlaw said the department had hopes it may have a positive impact on the youth, who has been arrested again since the incident.
“By commending the juvenile as well [as the officers] we hope the juvenile will maybe turn some things around, and not have such negative interactions with the police,” she said.
Rutledge and the three officers will receive commendations for their actions at the City of Ft. Lauderdale Commission Meeting on Jan 21.
The teen had been arrested for allegedly violating probation and burglary, police said.
Greenlaw said the teen remains under probation restrictions, but the department is hoping that they will be lifted for the ceremony.
“We wanted to make sure we commended him for making the right decision,” Greenlaw said. “We wanted to make a positive impact on him and his vision of police officers.”
Attempts to reach Rutledge for comment were not immediately successful.