Arrested teen's actions seen as key in saving officer's life

January 15, 2015 12:17 AM

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Arrested teen's actions seen as key in saving officer's life

17-year-old Rutledge, who was handcuffed, kicked the secured gate and shouted for officers. One performed CPR and another used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, to shock Foulks' heart. Doctors say those actions were lifesaving. That's because every minute of delay applying a shock to restart the heart lowers the odds of survival by seven to ten percent.

"If we can get an electrical shock to that person in the first few seconds, or first few minutes, it has a very high chance of working," said Dr. Clifton Callaway, the Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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