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Man Being Booked Saved Officer’s Life

In September 2015, Jamal Rutledge was being booked on charges of violation of probation for criminal mischief and burglary. Officer Franklin Foulks of the Fort Lauderdale Police was doing the booking when he suddenly collapsed. Being handcuffed behind his back, the only thing that Jamal could do was yell for help and kick the door to alert nearby officers.


Jamal Rutledge (center) and three Fort Lauderdale Police Officers are being commended for saving another officer’s life.

Sergeant Todd Bunin heard Jamal’s cries for help. He saw Officer Foulks clenching his chest. Bunin notified police dispatch to send help. Officers Robert Norvis and Raymond Ketchmark overheard Bunin’s radio transmissions and immediately responded to assist. Norvis removed Foulks’ police gear and cut off his shirt. Ketchmark got a nearby Automated External Defibrillator to stimulate Officer Foulks’ heart.


Fire rescue arrived and transported Foulks to Broward Health Medical Center.

NBC Miami reports;

“ Fort Lauderdale Police say that the attending medical staff noted that the immediate actions by Rutledge, along with the quick response by nearby officers, saved Foulks’ life.”

Rutledge, Bunin and Ketchmark and Norvis will be honored publicly on Januray 21st at 6 p.m. at the next Fort Lauderdale Commission Meeting. Read the rest of this entry

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