Graduate Gallman ~ Cycle 17
Jon died on August 27 from an accidental drug overdose.
On our way to the hospital we had hoped it was going to be his wake up call, just bad enough to scare him. We were surprised to find out exactly what "in critical condition" meant. Jon was in ICU, in a comatose state and had suffered multiple heart attacks. He was brain-dead for appr. 30 hours when he was pronounced dead officially and taken off life support. He had simply fallen asleep and although he never woke up we are grateful that we were able to spend those last hours with him.
He had struggled with substance abuse for several years, but could never seem to beat his addiction for any substantial length of time.
Jon moved out in November of last year and in spite of our issues, we continued to be very close. He had just recently told me that he was ready to give it up and I helped him enroll in community college because he wanted to become a drug counselor to quote "help some kid who is just like me."
He had even began writing about his addiction... we included some of his words in his announcement. I will enclose those at the end of this posting.
While some may not see this as a success story for the academy, I definitely feel differently. Jon's dad and I have been amazed with the response of his fellow cadets. Many of them have kept in touch with each other, and formed such strong bonds. As an only child, these friendships meant the world to Jon.
We have had calls from kids who cried because they could not make it, while some of them drove for hours (11 was the record!) to be here. Quite a few attended visitation and the funeral, and several spoke during the service. In many ways they have behaved more appropriately and have been more genuine than "grown-ups" who knew Jon his entire life...we would have ever expected such a reaction in this situation.
We know of a couple of cadets who are having a difficult time, but there are others who have really pulled themselves together and try to help their "brothers" as best they can. These cadets are a remarkable group of young people. And we are honored to know they loved and cared for our son, and will forever carry his memory.
Tracey and Keith ~ Gallman's parents.
*Mrs. Bonner mentioned the funeral website above and I have changed over my "myspace" page as a memorial to him (because of legalities I can not maintain his own page)... you can find it under a myspace search Jonathon Gallman please feel free to write a comment on either site.
My name is Jon.
I'm 18 years old and I live in Michigan.
For being a young man, I am extremely unhealthy. I am a heavy drug user. Not one single day goes by without me getting high on something.
My life has descended into the dark world of drug abuse and addiction. But it wasn't always like this. At one time I was happy and carefree. I hope my story inspires people to stay drug free.
THINK PEOPLE THINK
written by: Jon Gallman June 2009