HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Madison County deputies are used to helping others, but now they’re helping one of their own.
This story starts with a birthday. Tucker Lane was born on October 1st. He is Madison County deputy Matt Lane and Faith Stapler’s first child. While the new parents celebrated, so did Matt’s coworkers.
Sergeant Tim Whisante and Sergeant Donny Shaw have known and worked with Matt for years. Sgt. Whisante and Matt grew up together.
When Tucker was born it was a day they all celebrated. Then though, that’s when this story takes a turn in an opposite direction. Sgt. Whisante says Tucker is fighting. “His main problem with him is his heart condition,” Sgt. Whisante says.
Tucker’s heart is in the right side of his body. He was also born without a spleen. “He’s already underwent one heart surgery, he’s got another one that’s coming up in a couple weeks,” Sergeant Whisante says.
In addition to those, Tucker will have to have yet another surgery before he even turns one.
Right now, Tucker is a long way from home at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he’ll likely stay for a long time.
That time in the hospital coupled with the care he’ll need means a lot of money. So this is where the men who call Matt a brother come in.
“Anything we can do to make it easier for that family, we’re doing it,” Sgt. Whisante says.
They’ve both made the two-hour trip to Birmingham several times. They say they’re letting Matt and Faith know they’re not alone.
A fund at Redstone Federal Credit Union has been set up under Tucker’s name. Anyone can donate to help Tucker and his parents. There’s also a benefit concert scheduled for this Wednesday in Huntsville.
It will be a long road for the little boy and his parents, but it’s a road they won’t be traveling alone.
For every chapter in Tucker’s story, they’ll be there.
In fact, Sgt. Shaw says the whole department will be there. “It’s going to take time, healing and praying for him,” he says.
The benefit will be held at Sammy T’s Music Hall on Wednesday, October 16th. It’s $5 to get in, and all the proceeds will go directly to Tucker and his family. An Albertville police officer will be playing in the band at the benefit Wednesday. This Facebook event link has more details.
Other area law enforcement agencies say they’re doing what they can to help Tucker and his parents as well.