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Schechterle says it took him a while to chuckle at the absurdity, and then only briefly.
"The guy made it sound like I have to go to a chiropractor every now and then to get tuned up," he says. "The unspoken side of it was that he must think I'm pulling a fast one on them, or something. Let's put it this way: I can't imagine that Specialist Escobar did any investigation of any sort."
Laura McGrory, director of the Industrial Commission, reviewed the file at the request of New Times before responding to questions.
"Basically, this file and this case need to be re-evaluated," she says. "Our staff was provided insufficient information by the parties [Schechterle, the city of Phoenix, and the city's insurance carrier, SCF of Arizona]. But staff is expected to try to obtain further information to be able to make the proper determination in every single case. That didn't happen here."
McGrory says she instructed another staffer (not Escobar) to contact Schechterle after going through the paperwork.
"Jason doesn't have to do anything," she says. "We will re-evaluate his case, period, and go from there. Let's just call this a teaching moment."
Like most Valley residents who have lived here a while, McGrory says she is well aware of Schechterle's saga and was touched when she heard him speak a few years ago.
"He is quite a guy," she says.
Schechterle says he intends to go about his post-police-career business as long as his health holds out. His new nonprofit, Beyond the Flames, is just getting going, and he recently started to blog on his website, www.beyondtheflames.com
"I'm sitting here late on Easter Sunday wondering where to begin," he wrote recently. "I started this journey a little over 10 years ago, and am so looking forward to the next 10 years."