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Aaron Feis, a beloved football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was killed in a mass-shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday. He is the first of the 17 fatalities to be identified. It is with great sadness that we see stories such as these fill the news circuit and we imagine it will only continue to get more difficult as more casualties are identified.
Aaron, who was described by many as "great guy", died a hero. He selflessly shielded students from active gunfire. According to sources at FOX News, Feis was seen jumping in front of bullets to save some students' lives. FOX further explained that Feis also worked as the school's security guard. He immediately responded to a call on the school’s walkie-talkies to the loud pops in the school
Feis' passing was confirmed by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team’s Twitter account earlier this morning.
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 pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
Aaron attended MSD high school himself and graduated back in 1999. He then went on to join as head coach of the junior varsity football in 2002. It's clear he was an admired figure in the school and community. Gage Gaynor, a sophomore who plays football for the high school, remarked to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, "Everyone loved him. Shame he had to go like this. Always gave his all to making us better. Definitely learned a lot from him.”
Aaron is survived by his wife Melissa and his daughter, as per a bio that was posted to the school's website.
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