Former Phoenix police officer Jason Schechterle and his biographer Landon J. Napoleon (ZigZag, The Rules of Action) visit with Burning Shield: The Jason Schechterle Story, the Arizona Republic's "Republic Recommends" selection for March. "This inspiring true story reads like a novel." —Kirkus Reviews
When a taxi smashed into police officer Jason Schechterle’s patrol car, the fireball that consumed the vehicle should have killed him. But by a series of small miracles, Schechterle survived. Dying would have been easier. As he would learn only after his own horrific ordeal, law enforcement officers across the country were perishing in similar fires, trapped inside burning Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Schechterle, who began a long, gruesome, and gut-wrenching battle back to health, would also take on Ford Motor Company to stop the heinous and ultimately preventable deaths. Interweaving narratives of human triumph and high-stakes legal showdown, this “inspiring true story” (Kirkus Reviews
) reveals a rare human being with an undeniable will to live. EVENT DETAILS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
- TICKET (admits two) is free when you purchase Burning Shield from Changing Hands Bookstore.
- Letter groups (printed on top of ticket) will be called at 6pm to fill seats and designated standing room. If available, seating and standing room opens to those without tickets at 6:45pm.
- Space cannot be guaranteed for late arrivals.
- Booksigning line forms by assigned letter group after the presentation. Those without tickets may get their books signed after ticket-holders, if time allows.
- Event details may be subject to unannounced changes.
JASON SCHECHTERLE retired from law enforcement, established his own non-profit foundation Beyond the Flames to help others facing trauma, and now speaks professionally to share his inspiring story.
LANDON J. NAPOLEON is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction books. His debut novel ZigZag
received widespread praise and went on to become a feature film. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He lives in Arizona with his family.