HOUSTON -- A Houston police officer who was critically injured and paralyzed in a police chase has now put his story in print, hoping it might help someone else traveling his same remarkable road to recovery.
Jason Roy, now medically retired from HPD, crashed during a police chase on Almeda-Genoa in southeast Houston in 2011. He was behind the wheel when his squad car spun out and rolled three times landing upright in a roadside ditch. A fellow officer in the passenger seat survived with minor injuries. But Roy suffered several spinal fractures. A massive head wound and cerebral injuries led to a stroke. He spent months in rehabilitation and now, three years later, still walks with a slight limp and has limited use of his left arm.
But he is thankful he is here at all.
"You're goning to be frustrated. You're going to have times of depression and defeat and loneliness and sadness," he said of facing tough times in life. "But even if they have a spinal cord injury, or even if they are in a wheelchair, there's still hope to live and be productive. That's what I want to tell people."
Roy has penned an autobiography called "From Zero to a Hundred: Finding My Purpose through My Pain." It tells the story, not just of the police chase that nearly cost him his life, but also of the first time he spent months in rehabilitation. When he was 15 years old he narrowly survived a car crash with a drunk driver. In that crash he suffered two broken legs and a fractured pelvis.
Proceeds from the book will help to support his Zero 2 a Hundred Foundation – offering financial assistance to children and teens also recovering from brain or spinal cord injuries.
"I wanted just to instill that hope in them. Just let them know man, just keep fighting, whatever you're going through. You can make it," he said.
"There are struggles," he said. "But hey, struggles come with it. If you don't struggle you don't realize what you got."
And since Jason Roy's "got" a second and third chance at life, he hopes to inspire someone else who might be traveling his same road.
"I really want people to go out and get the book and just be inspired by it," he said.
"It's struggles, but hey, struggles come with it. If you don't struggle you don't realize what you got," he said.
Roy has book signing and foundation launch event scheduled for Saturday August 30th.
Information at: www.zero2ahundred.eventbrite.com