By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Jan 13, 2015 – From criminal defendant to hero, 18 year-old Jamal Rutledge is being lauded for saving the very police officer that arrested him in early September, according to Fort Lauderdale Police public information officer DeAnna Greenlaw on Tuesday.
On September 10, 2014, Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Franklin Foulks was processing Rutledge – then a 17 year-old juvenile defendant – at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department booking facility when he suddenly collapsed. Rutledge, seated on a nearby bench, immediately began to kick the security fence and yelled to alert other officers in the area.
The entire incident was recorded by police department surveillance cameras. Foulks collapses at a minute 38 into the video.
Sergeant Todd Bunin was walking near the booking area, heard Rutledge yelling, and noticed Officer Foulks lying semiconscious on the ground. Observing Foulks clenching his chest in distress, Bunin immediately notified police dispatch to send Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
Realizing that this was a life or death situation, Bunin quickly removed Foulks’ police gear and cut off his uniform shirt. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark overheard Sergeant Bunin’s radio transmissions and immediately responded to the booking area to provide assistance. Norvis began administering CPR, while Officer Ketchmark acquired a nearby Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to electronically stimulate Foulks’ heart.
Ketchmark made direct radio contact with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and provided updates to responding units. When fire rescue personnel arrived on scene, they assessed Foulks’ condition and transported him to Broward Health Medical Center.
Broward Health Medical Staff noted that Rutledge’s quick actions and the immediate response of responding officers were largely responsible for saving the life of Officer Foulks.
These award recipients – Jamal Rutledge, Sergeant Todd Bunin, Officer Robert Norvis and Officer Raymond Ketchmark – will be publicly recognized at the next City of Fort Lauderdale commission meeting on Wednesday, January 21st at 6:00 P.M. Commission meetings are held in the Commission Chambers on the first floor of City Hall located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.
As Rutledge was a juvenile at the time of his arrest, his charges and disposition are generally unavailable to the public.
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