In May 2003, Michael Nolte suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns on over 40% of his body when a truck struck the vehicle he was sitting in, setting off a massive explosion. Michael had been pulled over by a State Trooper on Interstate 70 in Kansas for driving too long in the passing lane. The veering truck hit the patrol car they were sitting in at full speed and caused an inferno that killed the officer almost immediately. Michael was pulled from the car by two strangers and spent the next 10 weeks in a Burn Unit ICU, where he endured countless surgeries and skin grafts to repair the extensive damage to his body. After 15 months of grueling rehabilitation, he was finally able to return to running his successful bridal salon. Mike Noltes story of recovery has inspired people across the United States.
More about Mike Nolte: Mike Nolte is a successful bridal salon owner and wedding coordinator. He lives in Leawood, KS with his wife of more than 25 years and three daughters. Since his accident, Mike has told his inspiring story to audiences across the country and written a book about his experience, entitled Cross Fire: BurnedĶ But Not Broken. He also played a pivotal role in efforts to convince President Bush to sign into law the Pass with Care Amendment for the safety of highway motorists.