Aaron Feis, the Parkland (Fla.) Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School security guard and assistant football coach who protected students during Wednesday’s mass shooting, has reportedly died.
Yesterday, a 19-year-old gunman and former Douglas student named Niklas Cruz reportedly began firing outside the school before entering the building. Using a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, he fired on students and faculty.
According to students, Feis stepped in and shielded them from the shooter. One girl said he stood directly in front of her and pushed her out of Cruz’s path.
Feis was taken to the hospital where he died early this morning. The Douglas HS football Twitter account confirmed Feis’ death.
“It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the tweet read. “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.”
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
Feis graduated from Douglas HS in 1999 and returned to coach at his alma mater in 2002. Douglas head coach Willie May described him as “big ol’ teddy bear.”
“Hardcore – he coached hard,” May told the Orlando-Sentinel. “Real good line. He did a great job with the [offensive] line. He took pride with working with those guys. Loyalty – I trusted him. He had my back. He worked hard. Just a good man. Loved his family. Loved his brother – just an excellent family man.”
Feis leaves behind a wife and a daughter. He died a hero during a senseless tragedy.
May he Rest in Peace.