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Ipswich Town players and staff say they were blown away by the visit of public speaker Jason Schechterle.

The former American police officer was invited to Suffolk last week to give a series of talks to members of staff, before watching his first football game on Saturday as Town hosted Bolton.

Jason's life changed forever in 2001 when, at the age of 28, he was hit by a taxi travelling at over 100mph while on his way to an emergency in his patrol car.

Jason Schechterle visited Portman Road last week. Picture: ITFC (58453021)
Jason Schechterle visited Portman Road last week. Picture: ITFC (58453021)

Upon impact, his vehicle burst into flames, trapping him inside for almost two minutes.

Miraculous circumstances saw Jason survive the crash. He suffered fourth degree burns, which drastically altered his appearance, and has since undergone more than 50 surgeries.

Speaking about the experience, manager Kieran McKenna said: "It was a fantastic experience. It was inspiring, it was thought-provoking, it was really touching for everyone who was there. We have massive gratitude and massive thanks for Jason coming across and spending the time with us last week.

"It was a massive moment in our season and in probably the lives of everybody. I know players, staff and everybody who managed to come across were really humbled by the experience.

A number of players were also touched by the visit. Sam Morsy, George Edmundson and Wes Burns tweeted to say he was a 'true hero', while Conor Chaplin said he was also left feeling inspired.

"It was incredible," said the midfielder.

"I think everyone who was in attendance, not just in our session but throughout, the whole club was blown away. [It was] possibly the most best and inspiring hour-and-a-half that I have ever had probably, and I speak on behalf of everyone who was in the room probably.

"We are still speaking about it now, nearly a week later. It was amazing. There was so many lessons and values that you could take from him."