You might not think a teenager being booked into jail would be eager to help out a cop, but when a troubled teen in South Florida saw his arresting officer collapse, the young man took action, and it was all caught on video.
It isn't often you see a teenager who has been arrested smiling with a bunch of police officers, but that's what happened here.
The backstory began Sept. 10. Cameras inside the Fort Lauderdale police booking facility showed that teen, 17-year-old Jamal Rutledge, in handcuffs as Officer Franklin Foulks processed him. Then, all of a sudden, Foulks collapsed in his chair.
Rutledge, still handcuffs, started yelling and got up to check on Officer Foulks, whom police said was losing consciousness.
As Rutledge yelled out the door for help, soon two more officers came running into the processing area.
It was a team effort: Sgt. Todd Bunin cut off Foulks' shirt, Officer Robert Norvis started administering CPR, and Officer Ramond Ketchmark came in with an automated external defibrillator.
Firefighters were called in to take over, and soon rushed Foulks to the hospital.
Doctors say had it not been for the teen's yelling — and the quick work of the police officers — Foulks could have died.
So, this day, these unlikely allies can smile, and they'll be honored later this month by the city of Fort Lauderdale.
Rutledge was in jail for a probation violation. He had been arrested for burglary and criminal mischief. Since then, police said, he's been arrested multiple times more, but because he's a juvenile, details were unclear.
As for Officer Foulks, he is feeling great and hopes to return to full duty later in January.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.