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Football Coach Died Protecting Students During Florida School Shooting

16 February 2018, 04:54 | Nina Hammond

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Football coach Aaron Feis saved students by shielding them from gunman Nikolas Cruz's bullets during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on February 14 and is being called a hero by many for doing so.

"It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis", the tweet read.

While initial rumours said that the courageous Coach Feis had passed, the son of the school's head coach confirmed that he was alive, but had gotten shot.

"He shielded two kids from being shot".

An American football coach who also worked as a security guard is among the dead in a school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Parkland, Florida.

"I coached with Him", Sheriff Scott Israel revealed in a press conference.

Twitter user @DiCiccoMethod tweeted: 'Coaches are always protectors.

The sheriff could not confirm those details, but said: "When he was killed tragically, inhumanely, he died protecting others, because that's who Aaron Feis was". Feis began coaching at Douglas in 2002, where he spent 8 years as the head coach of the junior varsity team.

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Rold Joseph, who graduated from Douglas in 2011, had been close with Feis since the day they first met the summer before he entered ninth grade, he told HuffPost.

She added: 'You went out of your way to make everyone feel good and that smile... that smile lit up every single room you walked into.

Brotherly love seemed to infuse the life of Martin Duque, who local media described as a freshman whose older brother Miguel graduated from Douglas High a year ago. "I am broken as I write this trying to figure out how my family get's through this". He was an incredible person, and I am alive today because of him. I don't know how many adults are going to go, but you'll get 2,000 kids there. He took pride with working with those guys.

"He never had an air of judgment", said former student Becky Van Horn.

"Coach Hixon was an extraordinary man", Joseline Velarde, who used to work with Hixon at South Broward HS, told The Post.

"Without her, who knows how many of us would have died, 'cause we were easily 100 feet away from the freshman building", Hogg said, "and again, we thought this was a drill".

Former co-workers remembered Feis on Facebook, with one writing that the security staff had run into Cruz before.

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