LIFE

Beloved Football Coach Shielded Students From Bullets With His Own Body During Florida Shooting

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

UPDATE: February 16, 2018

The Broward Education Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the Parkland shooting victims.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has said this is the official account to make donations. You can contribute here.

ORIGINAL STORY 

Parkland, Florida, was shaken by a tragic school shooting on February 14, 2018.

Officials say an armed 19-year-old targeted Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. According to reports, 17 innocent lives were taken in this act of senseless violence, while 15 others are currently hospitalized. Among those killed was Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and school security guard, who reportedly sacrificed his own life to protect others.

FOX 2 reports that Aaron spent his entire career at Marjory Stoneman Douglas after graduating from the high school some years ago. The school’s football program announced Aaron’s death in the early hours of February 15, 2018, via their official account on Twitter.

“It is with great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Fei,” they wrote, alongside a photo of Aaron in his team shirt. “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.”

Denise Lehtio, communications director with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas varsity and JV football program, confirmed Aaron’s death and told CNN that the beloved assistant coach threw himself in front of the kids who were being shot at, acting as a human shield. Officials say that Aaron was taken to the hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained in the shooting.

“He died the same way he lived — he put himself second,” Denise said. “He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”

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Photos: Twitter / Taylor Perrone; Getty Images / Mark Wilson

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