During the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, one coach paid the ultimate sacrifice and used his own body to shield students from gun fire.
Succumbing to his wounds, Aaron Feis was among the 17 killed by former student Nikolas Cruz.
The football team for the high school tweeted: ‘It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis.
‘He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.’
According to a few students, Feis previously worked as a security guard at the school for eight years.
One Twitter user under the name @DiCiccoMethod tweeted: ‘Coaches are always protectors… Some heroes wear Gatorade towels over their shoulders.’
Multiple students witnessed Feis jumping in front of their peers during the shooting and taking several hits from Cruz’ gun.
Another twitter user, @ScottWarner18, tweeted: ‘Rather than talk about the coward shooter, meet Aaron Feis, football coach & security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS. He stepped in front of many students to protect them from bullets. #hero #Parkland.’
Via the Daily Mail: It comes as a teenage girl and a beloved track coach were identified as the first of the 17 victims shot by the 19-year-old gunman.
Chris Hixon, 49, was shot and killed when Nikolas Cruz, 19, open fire Wednesday afternoon.
Student Jaime Guttenburg has also been identified as a victim, according to Local 10 News. Her parents Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg said she died in the shooting, while their son, Jesse, made it home.