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ONLY ON FOX10: Jackie Tucker's husband opens up about her recovery

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For the first time, the husband of the Saraland police officer who was shot in the head back in December, is talking to FOX10 News about his wife's recovery. Jackie Tucker's husband, Aaron, who is also a police officer, opens up about how she is doing more than two months later.

"We really just go day to day and keep on praying every day."

He has some good news to share about his wife's recovery. He says Jackie is a fighter and she's showing signs of improvement.

JACKIE'S RECOVERY: "She's doing well"

Aaron talked to FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles from the rehab center in Atlanta. He says Jackie is still her strong-willed self.

"When she was at USA, she always tried to get out of bed. So when she got up here she did the same thing. When she started therapy, after she gets done with therapy, she's ready to get back in the bed now."

Aaron says Jackie rehabs every day. She can walk with help, responds to questions with a word or two, and recognizes her loved ones. He says she is slowly regaining her motor skills.

"She's starting to smile, there's different things that trigger that smile."

Aaron's face lit up when he talked about how they spent Valentine's Day together from her hospital room.

"When I brought her some balloons for Valentine's Day she smiled, she had a smile on her face when I brought them in to her, so I know that made her happy and it made me happy."

Those moments are what give him hope. The Tucker family has been feeling the love from the community as well. Jackie's room is covered with notes and signs. 

"I show it to her, I sit there and we read it together, I just show it to her and she'll look at it. I always tell her, everybody's supporting you, you just don't know how many people are praying for you every day, and that is something we do every day...the pictures, the videos, I show her everything so she can see exactly, that she has people supporting her."

But with the smiles, come the hard times, for him and their daughters. One is a senior in high school, the other is ten years old. Their daughters visit almost every weekend from Saraland. 

"They see that momma's coming along, she's doing better, and that makes them better." He continues, "I have my moments, to where, there's just moments that you have to yourself where sometimes I just cry because I'm thankful, and sometimes when you have setbacks or anything like that, you just, that's something you don't want to see, but it's something you know is going to happen. But she bounces back every time." 

BACK TO THAT DAY: "I just wish I could have been in her place"

During the interview, Aaron relived December 21st, the day he almost lost his best friend. That afternoon while on duty himself, Aaron got a call that his wife had been shot in the head.

"It was hard to try to get my mind together at the time, but say focused on trying to get to her."

He rushed to USA Medical Center just in time to see her get taken out of life flight. 

"Just hating to see my wife laying there like that, it was hard...I had to be the strong one for my girls."

He says he can't remember how long he waited for her to come out of surgery. Afterward, she fell into a coma for two weeks.

"I was thankful that she was still alive, that she was still with us, and I just kissed her."

When she woke up, Aaron says the hardest part was not knowing what damage had been done.

"She recognizes me, she was recognizing me, you know days after the incident when she woke up, and the main thing was I continued to be there for her to give her a positive, to let her know that everything was going to be ok."

Aaron says through such a hateful act, he's learned a lot about love.

"You think you love a person, but with a situation like this, it actually shows that you love a person more than you actually thought you loved someone, and that's what I've seen in myself, that I love my wife more than I really thought I did. I know I really love her because she is my world, but I've seen myself feeling more about her."

As he looks back at that day, Aaron can't help but think he was preparing for the worst before it happened. 

"This was a miracle for her, and me...God woke me up that morning at 2:00 that morning, and He had me praying, and that's what I did. And I prayed, and I did not know why I was praying, but I prayed. And once I woke up, ready to go to work and she called me at 6:45, I did the same thing, I prayed until I got to work."

Just hours after that call, his wife was fighting for her life in the hospital.

"I just wish I could have been in her place."

As he stays by her side through rehab, he's inspired by his wife's strength, and the community's overwhelming support.

"Thank you for everything that you have done, all the prayers, we see that everyone is supporting Officer Tucker and we thank you for that. We thank you for everything y'all have done from the day it happened until now. I'm saying this for my family; thank you for everything y'all have done."

Aaron is also thankful for Jackie's partner, who he says saved her life. Now, Aaron says Jackie has her eyes set on seeing their older daughter graduate from high school in May.

"She's a wonderful wife, I'm thankful to have her, I'm blessed to have her as my wife."

Aaron and Jackie have known each other for fourteen years and will be married for ten years come July. They are both from Mobile. Aaron says to keep their faith strong, the two pray together every morning. 

The family's GoFundMe page is still taking donations.

There is also another benefit for Jackie this month. "Run the Blue Line" is on Saturday, March 18th, beginning at Shiloh Baptist Church. To register go to runtheblueline.com. 

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