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Students Reveal Football Coach's Heroic Actions During Tragic Shooting

A picture of shooting victim Aaron Feis.

The tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. took the lives of 17 people on Wednesday. One of those people was an assistant football coach at the school.

Aaron Feis, an assistant coach and security guard, died after being rushed to surgery. He died a hero.

The coach, according to multiple accounts, put his body in front of several students while bullets were flying. He attempted to protect everyone around him.

"He died the same way he lived -- he put himself second," school spokesman Denise Lehtio said. "He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero."

Colton Haab, a 17-year-old junior and football player, spoke to CNN about what he heard. He says Feis was protecting three girls during the shooting.

"(He) made sure everyone else'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 as possible," Haab said.

Haab says he last spoke to Feis on Tuesday morning. He believes he's now in a better place.

"I'm glad he didn't suffer that much," Haab said. "It's sad because it's not going to be the same without him at school anymore, that's for sure. Football definitely won't be the same. We're definitely going to have to band back together as brothers and mourn his loss and pick up the pieces to try to rebuild our football team."

Our thoughts and prayers are with Feis' family and friends. May he rest in peace.