A Colorado woman who drowned while swimming in a lake in Iowa has been identified as an ICU nurse who had treated a victim of the Aurora theater shooting weeks earlier.
According to the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department, 46-year-old Jennifer Gallagher had been swimming at night in West Okoboji Lake on Aug. 6. The following day, a family member discovered Gallagher under a nearby dock. Medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.
University of Colorado Hospital spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery told the Los Angeles Times that Gallagher had specialized in treating head injuries and helped open the Neurological Intensive Care Unit. On the day of the theater shooting, she cared for one of the victims in the unit.
“Jenny was a beloved nurse,” said Chief Nursing Officer Carolyn Sanders. “She was very well known for her ability to connect with people, show empathy and develop caring relationships with her patients.”