Name: Paul Gallagher
Occupation: Production manager, machinery plant
Place of birth: This very town, in my mom and dad’s bedroom
How long have you been working at the plant?
Since I graduated high school. I like the work. I’m good at it, and like my old man always said, it’s an honest living. I feel like I belong there.
What would you have done instead?
I don’t know. I thought I had a shot at being a football player when I was in high school, but I wasn’t good enough to get a scholarship. Maybe I could have been a cop – I know I can scare the shit out of people when I have to.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
I think maybe I’d just be a wanderer, if I could. I’d just roam the earth, see it all. I don’t think I could find any place else to belong the way I do here.
What’s the one thing that makes you proudest?
Finding a place for myself in this world. Standing up tall even when everybody around me wanted to beat me down. Surviving.
When were you happiest?
The day I met Billy. I remember it like it was yesterday, even though I wish I didn’t sometimes. I felt free. I felt alive. It’s hard, knowing I can’t ever have that again.
What’s your biggest regret?
That I couldn’t do more to help Billy. That he had to die the way he did. That I didn’t see it coming. If it hadn’t happened, maybe I could have been a better friend to Jimmy, too. Maybe we wouldn’t be where we are now.
What’s your greatest fear?
That I don’t have a place in the world anymore – that all that’s over now, because of…what happened.