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One day he found a Mr. Potato Head toy on his desk. It was dressed in a police uniform, a nod to Schechterle's job. It was also missing its ears and nose.
"It made me feel at home," he says. "We laughed non-stop."
:rofl: Cops. :rofl:
I'm glad he's doing well, still helping others.
Good story! He was on "The First 48" quite a bit for a season or two.
There is no trace of self-pity. He talks about feeling lucky, how every day of his life is great. And there are the jokes, most directed at his appearance, which he is comfortable mocking, because he no longer feels defined by it.
Ten years later, Schechterle can look back and see bright spots amid those flames.
"We laugh all the time," he says. "There's always humor I can find."
Schechterie started Beyond the Flames, his own non-profit foundation. He hopes to raise money to disburse to injured people who, like him, seem to have little chance for survival or for regaining any semblance of a normal life. He will raise money by telling his story of tragedy and recovery.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/azliving/articles/2011/05/15/20110515schechterle0515.
Yes, good story. If you can't laugh then all you got left is the crying and the self pity. I wish him all the best with his foundation.
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