Jason Schechterle

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Jason Schechterle is a former Phoenix Police Officer and an Air Force Veteran. On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside. Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and the ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body, which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone nearly 60 surgeries just to restore the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason shares the story of his miraculous recovery and his drive to overcome everything from physical limitations to severe emotional hardships. From months in a coma to seemingly endless surgical procedures, Schechterle’s tale exemplifies the power of the human spirit and how we can find meaning even in our moments of greatest adversity – and how life and love can propel us forward when the next step seems beyond impossible. Jason's narrative chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy, and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. He is a living testament that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished.


Jason remains happily married to Suzie, his wife of 25 years. He is an active father to his three children and an avid golfer. In addition to speaking across the United States, Schechterle works locally as a spokesman for Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care. 

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  • What is your favorite quote? Sometimes the most beautiful, inspirational changes will disguise themselves as utter devastation. Be patient.
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? I love playing golf, watching sports (especially baseball), and being a Dad.