This week’s Weekly World News tabloid has caused an uproar by listing Phoenix police officer Jason Schechterle as No. 6 in a Top 10 list of the world’s ugliest people.
Schechterle suffered disfiguring burns to his hands and face when his Crown Victoria patrol car was struck from behind at high speed on March 26, 2001.
He has become a beloved public figure in the Valley, appearing at numerous speaking engagements before schoolchildren and burn victims, carrying the Olympic torch and meeting President Bush.
The tabloid acknowledges the officer’s struggles, saying he and his wife stuck together after suffering the burns.
The tabloid quotes his wife, Suzie, saying, "I don’t want looks. I just want the man," with a picture of her hugging him.