A black teenager, identified as Jamal Rutledge, is to be honoured for helping save the life of a white police officer who suffered a heart attack shortly after arresting him.
Officer Franklin Foulks was booking Jamal at the police station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 10 September when the incident occured.
The policeman suddenly collapsed and the handcuffed 17-year-old began kicking the security fence and shouting to alert others to the medical emergency.
Officers heard the noise and responded to find 49-year-old Officer Foulks clutching his chest in distress.
His fellow officers quickly administered CPR and used a defibrillator to electronically stimulate his heart.
In a statement, Fort Lauderdale police credited Rutledge’s quick thinking and the officers’ response for Officer Foulks’ survival.
The teen and three Fort Lauderdale police officers will be commended at a ceremony next Wednesday.
Rutledge was being processed at the time of the incident on charges of violation of probation for criminal mischief and burglary.
Despite being hailed as a hero, he has apparently not managed to stay on the right side of the law.
Rutledge has been arrested “multiple times” since last September, a police spokeswoman told the Sun Sentinel.