Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football coach, Aaron Feis, is the definition of hero. He gave his life serving as a human shield to protect kids during the Florida high school shooting.

During a flurry of bullets from the gunman's AR-15 rifle, he sprung into action and protected the students. He dove in front of the students to serve as a human shield and protect them. There are at least 17 dead from the shooting and 14 others who suffered injuries in what was the third deadliest shooting in modern American history.

Football Coach Killed Serving as Human Shield

Majory Douglas High School Footoball tweeted:

“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.”

One student paid tribute to the heroism of Feis while on 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.

A graduate of Marjory Stoneman, who had come to know Feis, was not surprised by the actions of Feis. Per Daily Beast:

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.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Feis and his family and all of the victims and their families while they endure this unspeakable tragedy.

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