On Wednesday, February 14, an absolute tragedy took place in Florida. A mass school shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, taking over a dozen lives.
The shooter was active on the scene for several minutes before authorities were able to escort students to safety. It was later revealed that the shooter was a former student from the school who had been expelled.
The latest reports confirm that 17 people were killed in this tragic act. Additionally, 14 others were taken to the hospital with injuries, 5 of which were life-threatening.
Now, the victims of the attack have started to be identified. On Thursday morning, a story emerged about one of the victims who was truly a hero in every sense of the word.
Football coach and security guard Aaron Feis had dedicated his entire life to Stoneman Douglas. Now, his story proves that he died the same way that he lived: selfless.
According to reports, Feis physically threw himself in front of surrounding students as bullets were raining down. Because of his heroic act, he suffered a gunshot wound and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
Sadly, Feis became one of the 17 individuals who lost their lives in the horrific attack. Now, the people that know him are confirming that Feis was consistent with his heroic attitude far before this attack.
The school’s football program said, “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.”
The school’s spokeswoman, Denise Lehtio, said, “He died the same way he lived- he put himself second. He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero.”
Feis wasn’t the only hero of the school shooting. A teacher, Melissa Falkowski, hid 19 students in a closet as the shooter was nearby. One of her students said that without her, several of them may have died.
While these heroes are no longer alive to tell their stories, their bravery will live on.
Please continue praying for all of the family and friends who lost loved ones in this shooting, as well as the other students who are experiencing extreme trauma. In other recent news, some disturbing details have just been revealed about the Stoneman shooter.