(Photo: Fort Lauderdale Police Department)
On September 10 of last year, police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida arrested 17-year old Jamal Rutledge for allegedly violating probation and committing burglary. While Officer Franklin Foulks processed him at the police station, he collapsed and fell unconscious. No one was in a position to see this except Jamal, who immediately kicked on a door until he got the attention of other officers. Those officers performed CPR and used a defibrillator on Foulks, who is alive and recovering. You can see the incident in this security camera footage:
The police department is grateful to Jamal. The city is presenting him with a commendation. ABC News (warning: auto-play) quotes Det. DeAnna Greenlaw:
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. […]
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."