Among the 17 victims of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th was Aaron Feis, the school’s assistant football coach, a security guard — and, to those who knew him, a “hero.”
“It is with great sadness that our football family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the school’s football team said on Twitter today. “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.”
It was initially reported that Feis had survived the shooting, but earlier today it was announced that he died in the hospital.
Feis’s co-worker, football coach Willis May, told the Sun Sentinel that a student told him directly that it was Feis who came between her and the shooter to push her out of the way and save her life.
“Big ol’ teddy bear,” May said of Feis to the publication. “Hardcore — he coached hard. Real good line. He did a great job with the [offensive] line. He took pride with working with those guys. Loyalty — I trusted him. He had my back. He worked hard. Just a good man. Loved his family. Loved his brother — just an excellent family man.”
In honor of Feis’s heroism, a series of tributes have been posted on social media highlighting his bravery and courage. “He was a great guy,” the team’s sophomore lineman Gage Gaynor told the Sun Sentinel. “Everyone loved him. Shame he had to go like this. Always gave his all to making us better. Definitely learned a lot from him.”