Hero football coach Aaron Feis dies in Florida school shooting

Aaron Feis a football coach and security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School reportedly shielded students from gunfire on Wednesday as an ex-student allegedly opened fire

Football coach reportedly blocked students from gunman during Florida high school shooting

CARA LOUGHRANMEADOW POLLACKALEX SCHACHTERNICHOLAS DWORETSCOTT BIEGELGINA MONTALTOAARON FEISAaron Feis was a security guard and assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the team wrote on social media. "I will never forget the actions that he took for me", said Kelsey Friend.

"When Aaron Feis died, when he was killed tragically, he did it protecting others because that is who Aaron Feis was", the sheriff said.

Aaron left behind his wife and his daughter.

Hixon, the athletic director for Stoneman Douglas High School, has been reported dead, according to Denise Lehtio, the communications director with the school's varsity and junior varsity football program.

"He was one of the greatest people I knew". They said he was shot while shielding students from the gunfire.

On Thursday morning, the second victim was identified as football coach Aaron Feis.

A former football player and current student, Darryl Vernon, was among the many devastated by Feis' death, but also not surprised to see he acted to protect students.

"Big ol' teddy bear", he told Sun Sentinel.

"Hardcore - he coached hard". I don't know when Aaron's funeral is. "I love this man with all my heart".

"I coached with him". He worked hard. Just a good man. Lyons, a leukemia survivor who grew up in the foster system, called Feis his "savior".

Teacher Melissa Falkowsk, who made it out safely with her students, is being recognized for her heroic efforts. "This is the worst nightmare that could ever happen to you", she later told CNN.

"He opened the door for [a student] because the shooter was right behind her, and getting into the room he tried to block all the students and ended up getting shot but he locked the door", one student said.

Although they didn't keep in touch much after high school, Mackman said he remembers Feis as a people person and a football fanatic. "He was a very kind soul, a very nice man".

We're going to see a lot of pictures of the shooter in the upcoming days, along with details about his past and his motives - but that's not necessarily what any of us should focus on.

"He was that type of person that always put himself before others", said Lyons.

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