Hero football coach shields students from bullets during tragedy in Parkland

PARKLAND, Fla. (WFLA) — Reports of a true hero have emerged from the tragic shooting that took place in Florida on Wednesday.

According to the Miami Harold, Aaron Feis was coaching football at the South Florida high school and also worked as a security guard for at least eight years.

Students said he took his role of protecting students very seriously and he will be remembered as a hero.

Reports said Feis was injured during the school shooting after he stepped in front of multiple students to protect them.

Thursday morning, the MS Douglas Football team tweeted, “It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis.”

The team went on to say Feis died a hero and will be forever in their hearts and memories.

The football coach graduated from Douglas High in 1999 and has worked at the school for his entire coaching career, according to his bio on the school’s website.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help support Feis’s family during this tragic time.

According to the Miami Herald:

In addition to coaching football, Feis worked as a security guard at the school for at least eight years and took his role protecting students very seriously, said Andrew Hofmann, a former student at the school who recently coached the swimming and water polo teams.

‘He’s very well dedicated to the safety of the school during the daytime,’ Hofmann said early in the evening before Israel made his announcement.

Hofmann described the coach as ‘a quiet person’ with a good sense of humor. ‘When there’s a funny joke he is always laughing for sure,’ he said.

An official GoFundMe campaign has been created by the Broward Education Foundation. The funds raised will be used to provide direct relief and financial support to the victims and families following the shooting in Florida.

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