The shooting at the Broward County in Florida was a tragedy of epic proportions with 17 people killed. It was a day of victims but also of at least one hero.
The assistant football coach of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Aaron Feis, was shot and killed as he selflessly used his own body to shield the students at the high school. Feis leaves a wife and daughter. he had graduated from that very same high school in 1999.
The school and students paid their respects and offered their condolences to Feis and his family.
From The Blaze
Just hours after the shooting, an Instagram post went viral, telling of Feis’ heroism during the heinous act.
The post, a photo of Feis, was captioned, “This, ladies and gentlemen, [is] the face of a hero. Coach Aaron Feis was injured protecting a student in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and, at last report, is in critical condition. He is a friend to all students that know him.
He was always so nice to me when I went to school there, and I know he is close with my brother and his friends. Please, take a moment to send healing prayers for him.”
Andrew Hofmann, a former student at the school, told the Miami Herald that Feis was a “quiet person” who had a good sense of humor.
“He’s very well dedicated to the safety of the school during the daytime,” Hofmann said.
Willis May, the football team’s head coach, told the Sun-Sentinel that when the first call went out about the shooting Feis was right there to protect his school.
May said of Feis:
“Hardcore – he coached hard,” May said of Feis. “Real good line. He did a great job with the [offensive] line. He took pride in 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.”
One student recalled that as people were running away Feis ran directly towards the sound of the shooting. He put their lives ahead of his own and no doubt God has a special place in Heaven for Aaron Feis.