Resources Tagged With 'Men's Stories'
A Life Irrevocably Changed

“I was responding ‘lights and sirens’ to an emergency call and was stopped at a traffic light,” Jason Schechterle recalls. He describes the event as part of an average, ordinary day in his life as a Phoenix, Arizona, police officer. “There was a taxicab driver nearby who had suddenly suffered a seizure, and lost control of his cab,” he explains, “and he just happened to be heading toward the intersection where I was parked.” The cab hurtled through the intersection at more than 100 miles per hour, striking Jason’s patrol car—the car exploded, consuming the car and Jason in flames. In seconds, Jason’s life was irrevocably changed.

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A Man of Quiet Dignity

Tony Gonzalez, burned over 95% of his body, shares his journey of recovery on a road full of set-backs.

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Bearing Witness - Station Nightclub Fire 2003 - 2013

Ten years after a fire killed 100 people at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island, Rob Feeney, a survivor, returned to the site to remember the fiancee and friends he lost, and recount how he became a champion of fire sprinklers. (Reprint with permission from NFPA Journal® [Vol.107, #1] , copyright© 2013, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. www.nfpajournal.org. All Rights Reserved.)

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Beyond the Burns

In 1996, twenty-year-old Manny Gonzalez was fulfilling his dream of helping others. He was a United States Marine. He was serving his country. Then, during a combat exercise, a fire broke out. Manny went back into the flames to rescue a fellow marine, sustaining second and third degree burns over 80% of his body.

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Brad Johnson: Overcoming Challenges; Encouraging Fellow Survivors

Brad Johnson, a volunteer firefighter, was burn-injured when responding to a crude oil tank fire. He tells his story of recovery and how the Phoenix Society's online peer support chat and its community of burn survivors helped him get back to life.

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Brien Dews: A Positive Outlook Pays Off

After suffering burn injuries in a plane crash and wanting to give back to the burn community, Brien Dews became a peer supporter and organized Buses by the Beach; an event that raises thousands each year for the Phoenix Society.

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Burn Survivor and Family Learn Lessons of Endurance

When Joe Schuckel was burned in 1994, his entire family was affected. His parents and siblings joined him in his journey of recovery both emotional and physical. The lessons he learned from his burn recovery — the ability to fight through pain to reach a goal, the rigor and discipline of therapy, wound care and pressure garments, the mental toughness of a survivor — have helped him become the successful athlete he is today.

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Burn Survivor and Firefighter Finds the Good in a Bad Situation

Detroit firefighter John Bynum, burn-injured on the job, shares his journey of physical and emotional recovery...and the camaraderie he discovered between burn survivors at Phoenix World Burn Congress.

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Burn Survivors Take Cue From J.R., Advocate on Behalf of Phoenix Society

Cindy Rutter, burn survivor, long-term Phoenix Society Advocate and Phoenix SOAR coordinator takes every opportunity to increase burn awareness, prevent burn injuries and improve the quality of burn care. This included her involvement with J.R. Martinez's participation in 'Dancing With The Stars'. It was here she says she realized the impact of advocating for burn survivors. She encourages other survivors to "step out" and share their story.

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David Schury: Discovering the Reason Why

David Schury suffered 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns from an explosion at an electrical substation. He shares his journey of recovery—and the healing he found as a counselor at a children's burn camp.

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Erin Mounsey: A Challenging Road to Recovery

In Erin Mounsey's journey of recovery, he dealt with anger and consequences, ultimately spending more than 3 years in a state penitentiary. In this profile, he shares how he got his life back on track.

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J.R. Martinez: Fighting the Battle of a Lifetime

J.R. Martinez was only 19 years old when he was burned in Iraq. He found a renewed purpose in his life through helping other injured soldiers regain hope.

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Jill Sproul and Kevin Cook: A Story of Hope

Does everything really happen for a reason? How does someone maintain hope in the face of a devastating trauma? These are two of the biggest questions faced by many burn survivors and their immediate caregivers. This article addresses both questions through the lens of a love story, the story of how Jill Sproul and Kevin Cook lost much but found each other.

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Joe Kinan - Joy After Tragedy

Read PEOPLE magazine article about two of our friends, Joe Kinan and Carrie Pratt, who met at Phoenix World Burn Congress in 2007. What a journey!

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Joe Kinan: A Recovery Defined by a Desire for Independence

Joe Kinan, burned in the Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire, had a lot to adjust to after his burn injury. This article shares his story of struggling for independence and moving past his injury.

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