HERO: Meet The Football Coach Killed Acting As Human Shield During FL High School Shooting

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football coach, Aaron Feis, died a hero.

Amid a flurry of bullets fired from suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz’s AR-15 rifle, the 37-year-old sprang into action, diving in front of students to shield them. At least 17 people are dead and at least 14 others hurt in what is the third deadliest shooting in modern American history. 

“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,” tweeted the school’s football Twitter account.

One student told of Feis’ heroism to Fox News.

“He sprinted with everything he had towards it to make sure everybody was safe, and I heard that he got in front of a couple people and shielded them, and he actually took the bullets for them,” said the student.

Ashley Speziale, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate, told the Daily Beast that Feis “was always there,” for her.

Ashley Speziale was not surprised by the accounts of Feis’ heroism.

The 22-year-old met Feis her freshman year, when her affable older sister was a senior. Speziale says the coach, who always donned sunglasses and rarely removed them even indoors, took Speziale under his wing.

“Even if I wanted so much as a place to sit, his office was always open,” Speziale told The Daily Beast. “He’d sit with me. He’d talk to me. He’d let me be in silence.

“He was friendly with everybody, but he also knew when not to be friendly and when he needed to be the authority figure.” […]

“He was always there, no matter what. It was like no time went on at all,” Speziale told The Daily Beast. “It was warming to know that he knew my sister and stepdad just as well as I did. He was able to let those memories live on as well.

 

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