Officer Franklin Foulks collapsed as he was booking the teen, Jamal Rutledge, into the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, according to FLPD officials. Foulks was semiconscious and clenching his chest.
Rutledge was handcuffed, but he alerted other officers by kicking a security fence and yelling.
Three other police officers showed up and cut off Foulks' shirt, administered CPR and used a defibrillator on Foulks before first responders arrived.
Foulks was later taken to Broward Health Medical Center. Medical officials there said Rutledge and the officers' quick response played a big part in Foulks surviving the medical episode that he went through.
While the incident took place in September 2014, Rutledge and the three officers who helped save Foulks, Sgt. Todd Bunin, Officer Robert Norvis and Officer Raymond Ketchmark, will be publicly recognized at next week's City of Fort Lauderdale Commission meeting.