Stories of heroism are necessary at times like these. While it’s crucial to learn everything we can about a mass murderer and uncover what drove him to walk into a high school and kill 17 people, we need to take a moment and honor the selfless acts of those who put themselves in harm's way to protect others.
Meet Aaron Feis, the assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of the Valentine’s Day massacre that has rocked the nation. On Wednesday, Feis was rushed to a Florida hospital with gunshot wounds. By Thursday morning, he was dead. Mourners are now telling stories of Feis’ bravery as he used his body to shield students from the gunman. Feis not only was a coach but also served as a security guard at the school.
The football program told of the hero’s good deed on Twitter:
A spokesman from the school added that Feis “died the same way he lived; he put himself second.” Others described seeing the offensive line coach run toward the gunshots as soon as he heard about it over the radio.
“He’s a very selfless man,” a student said. “He … made sure that everybody’s needs were met before his own. He was a hard worker, he worked after school, on the weekends, mowing lawns. Just helping as many people out as possible. He just wants to make sure everybody’s safe before himself. It’s sad because it’s not going to be the same without him at school anymore.”
In another account reported by CBS Miami, a father of a football player at the school said Feis also jumped on top of the shooter, taking another bullet.
Feis graduated from MS Douglas High in 1999. He leaves behind a wife and child. Remember his name on this day.