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Former Phoenix Police Officer Jason Schechterle turned the terrible burns he suffered when the gas tank of his police car exploded into a lesson in courage, dignity and perseverance. He has established the non-profit, Beyond the Flames Foundation, to help others around the country who have experienced a similar trauma and are in need of assistance and hope. Schechterle will be the keynote speaker at the March 24 Women’s Wellness Forum at the Payson High auditorium.

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Payson High School students got a lesson in attitude. Not the kind they give their parents when asked to clean their room, but having the right one when faced with life’s greatest challenges. Jason Schechterle has faced quite a few adversities since he was nearly killed in a fiery wreck in Phoenix 10 years ago. But he survived and has even thrived despite the odds. Standing at a podium in the PHS auditorium, missing an ear, a few fingers and any resemblance of a “normal” face, Schechterle said it would be easy to say he is a victim, a guy with bad luck who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But instead, he says he is pretty lucky, with a few key things stacked in his favor that night a taxi, carrying a man just released from jail, crashed into him.

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