When Jamal Rutledge, 17, was being booked at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department one evening last September, he probably did not think that he would be recognized as a hero a few months later.
But then, Officer Franklin Foulks, who was processing Rutledge, suddenly collapsed, and the suspect sprang into action.
He started to kick the security fence and yell for help.
Sgt. Todd Bunin was walking near the booking area when he heard Rutledge and saw his colleague lying half-conscious on the ground.
Bunin saw Foulks clutching his chest and alerted police dispatch to call an ambulance.
He then quickly removed Foulk’s police gear and cut off his shirt. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark overheard Bunin’s radio transmission and came to assist.
Norvis performed CPR on Foulk while Ketchmark got a nearby defibrillator to stimulate Foulk’s heart.
Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue then took Foulks to Broward Health Medical Center.
Foulks eventually recovered. He is now working “light duty” and will return to full duty at the end of the month, said Detective DeAnna Greenlaw, spokeswoman for the police department.
Bunin, Norvis and Ketchmark will receive life-saving awards and “Officer of the Month” awards, Greenlaw said.
They will be publicly recognized at the next Fort Lauderdale commission meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, city hall at 100 N. Andrews Ave.
Rutledge, the juvenile suspect, also will be honored for his role in the life-saving efforts.
“He’s being recognized for assisting the officers,” Greenlaw said.
At the time of the incident, Rutledge was being booked for violation of probation on charges including burglary, Greenlaw told the Sun Sentinel.