Fort Wayne Native – Friends and Family plan Benefit for Chief Gallagher

A Bishop Dwenger graduate and Navy SEAL is being held in a military prison in California, where he is fighting charges he committed war crimes in Iraq last year.

Jessica Zimmerman doesn’t remember Gallagher as a war criminal. A licensed mental health counselor, Zimmerman met him when she was in high school – she at North Side and he at Dwenger. 

“Big heart,” she said of Gallagher. “He would do anything for anybody. He was kind of quiet, always willing to help. He was a trustworthy, kind, good guy.”

The Navy Times reported Gallagher was arrested on September 11th by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents at a facility where service members are treated for traumatic brain injury. 

Zimmerman is working to organize a fundraiser to pay Gallagher’s legal fees and to help his family – a wife, Andrea, and three children – in Florida. 

“His bio is absolutely impeccable,” she said. “He’s so decorated.