In the wake of an unbelievable mass shooting that left 17 people dead in and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, the story of selfless assistant football coach, Aaron Feis, inspires hope for all mankind.
“He was one of the greatest people I knew. He was a phenomenal man.”
-Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel
Feis, 37, who also worked as a security guard at the school, may not have planned to save the lives of students when he came to work on Wednesday, but when a gunman armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle began hailing bullets toward students, the man who once played football for and graduated from Stoneman Douglas High School, used his own body as a shield for others.
Students say that Feis leaped in front of two or more students as bullets flew in their direction. The coach described as always having a smile, sacrificed all he had to save the lives of students.
Feis, who was shot, did not die at the scene, but was rushed into emergency surgery. Sadly, he did not survive, due to his injuries.
Aaron Feis worked as a coach at the Parkland, FL school for more than ten years. He lived in nearby Coral Springs and leaves behind a wife and young daughter. There are several GoFundMe pages dedicated to the heroic late coach.