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Benefit today for recovering Saraland officer Jackie Tucker

Saraland officials have confirmed that Officer Jackie Tucker was shot on Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland. Saraland officials have confirmed that Officer Jackie Tucker was shot on Wednesday, December 21, on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland.
SARALAND, AL (WALA) -

The parking lot at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Saraland was completely full by mid-day Tuesday and a line was out the door as hundreds stopped by to show their support for Officer Jackie Tucker.

Tucker was shot in December by 27-year-old Matthew Blake during a domestic violence call and has been recovering in the hospital since.

Law enforcement and fire departments from Mobile County, Mobile, Prichard, Saraland, Satsuma and other surrounding communities ate at Wintzell’s Tuesday to show their support for their colleague.

“It’s just important to show camaraderie with each other to show that if one of us goes down no matter what department you’re with you’re going to still show support for that person,” said Sgt. Robert Martin with the Prichard Police Department.

“Officer Tucker is family. She eats breakfast with us, comes by the station, we see her on calls all the time, so any support we can give to her it’s like helping your family out,” said Andy Anderson with the Saraland Fire Department.

Community members without badges also turned out. Two women drove an hour from Jackson to show their support.

“She put her life on the line,” said Velnice Pugh. “Even though we don’t live in the community where she served I still think it’s important to support her.”

And the offerings don’t end at dinner. The community continues to pray for Tucker’s recovery.

“She’s in our prayers every day and they have our support. Anything they need we’re here for them,” said Jimmy Dannelley who is a former law enforcement officer.

Communications Manager, Clay Omainsky says on an average Tuesday the Saraland Wintzell’s will serve about 450 to 500 people, but for Officer Tucker, they expect double the guests.

The fundraiser at Wintzell’s, “A Salute to Bravery” will continue until close of business Tuesday which is 10 p.m.

10 percent of the restaurant’s sales will benefit the Tucker family.

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