Tucker’s Story: Madison Co. Deputies Help One Of Their Own

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.

13 comments

  • Ray

    No matter how we feel bout police officers at times…this is where we need to put those feelings aside and think about this officers baby…Because this child could be one of ours…

    • Brandy

      I find it very disrespectful that you’re going to comment on something like this with a negative attitude. If you’ve been thru a similar situation you’d think you would be more understand and not so hateful. His liver and everything is swapped and on the wrong side. You’re just as much capable of reaching out to to the news and getting the support and attention you needed. This family is not at fault for doing just that. Yes Tucker is very lucky to have a cop for a dad that can get them extended support but that’s something to be grateful for and not blame the baby. Like I said if you would’ve reached out to the public as well I’m sure you would have happily been given the benefits for your family. Needless to say if you aren’t on this page to show support, keep your comments to yourself.

  • R WATWOOD

    I’M SO SORRY FOR THE FAIMLY BUT UNFORANETLY THERE IS A LOT OF FAIMLY’S GO THRU THE SAME THING EVERYDAY.MY GRANDAUGHTER WENT THRU THE SAME THING NOW SHE IS 8 AND HAD 3 OPEN HEART SURGERY’S AND HAS GOT ONE MORE TO GO SO UNFORANETLY I THING THE NEWS IS BLOWING THIS OUTBECAUSE HE WORKS FOR THE COUNTY.

    • mel

      I think its great to hear a news story of people doing good and wanting to help instead of the usual sad stuff. I would think given your families similar situation you could be happy this sweet baby’s family is getting help instead of feeling jealous and negative. Having a positive thankful attitude makes people want to help you out.

    • Bobbie

      Well maybe if you had let your situation be known then your family may have gotten the same response. If you decide not to make your story known then you should not be so negative in reference to this family and I totally believe that God chooses special people to be the parents of these gifts from him. Remember what God gives he can take back in a moment without any warning so be careful how hateful you are about this family.

    • Big sixty

      That’s the diffrence between the past and the present……think back and you might think different…what if someone wrote your comment about your grand daughter….

    • Robert

      The news is not blowing anything out. They are simply reporting the outpouring of love and support for a member of the “family”. I am very sorry that you do not have the same support from your own family.

  • Brittney

    What is this world coming to? If you dont have anything nice to say about the situation of a tiny human being then dont say anything. Your ignorgance proves why you choose to remian unknown.

  • Heather

    First and foremost my prayers and thoughts go out to this sweet family. Being a first time parent myself, I couldn’t imagine the stress. God will heal this sweet baby. I have faith <3

    In regard to the first comment: 1) LEARN TO SPELL.

  • Tamara

    Truth be told: alot of these cases do happen. But when it hits HOME, it’s heart-breaking. Whether it be a church congregation or a pee-wee football tea, FAMILY STICKS TOGETHER. Some are too selfish to appreciate God’s work. Being a mother to two healthy boys, I can’t and don’t want to imagine what Matt and Faith are going through. I will continue to pray for the both of them, as well as baby Tucker.

  • Hannah

    Much love and prayers for Tucker and his family!

    And for the person who has the negative comment…The news reports many situations of people coming together to help other people. This is not any different than those other times just because Tucker’s father works for the county.

  • Hart

    Prayers for Deputy Matt Lane and Baby Tucker. I am so very proud of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the men and women that comprise that agency. Hearts and Prayers from Lawrence County. I will be there Wed. night! Love and miss all of you!

  • Brandy

    I find it very disrespectful that you’re going to comment on something like this with a negative attitude. If you’ve been thru a similar situation you’d think you would be more understand and not so hateful. His liver and everything is swapped and on the wrong side. You’re just as much capable of reaching out to to the news and getting the support and attention you needed. This family is not at fault for doing just that. Yes Tucker is very lucky to have a cop for a dad that can get them extended support but that’s something to be grateful for and not blame the baby. Like I said if you would’ve reached out to the public as well I’m sure you would have happily been given the benefits for your family. Needless to say if you aren’t on this page to show support, keep your comments to yourself.

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