Burning Shield – The Jason Schechterle Story

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine invites you, as well as family and friends, to an evening of hope and encouragement. Join us to hear the incredible personal narrative from retired Phoenix police officer, Jason Schechterle, who will be a guest lecturer for future School of Medicine students.

After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age of 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into his career, Jason’s life took an unexpected tragic turn. On the night of March 26th, 2001, a car crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s squad car burst into flames, trapping him inside.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40 percent of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies the power of the human spirit, which can never be underestimated or extinguished.