Football Coach Killed While Shielding Students From Gunman's Bullets

A football coach from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was fatally shot as he shielded students from the gunman.

Parkland, FL – An assistant football coach and school security guard is being hailed as a hero after he gave his life to protect students from the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school on Wednesday.

Douglas football coach Willis May told the Sun-Sentinel that assistant coach Aaron Feis was the first one to respond when the gunfire began shortly before 3 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Feis, 37, responded to the original call on the school’s security radio walkie-talkies, May said.

May told the Sun-Sentinel that someone asked over the radio if shots heard were firecrackers.

“I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers.’ That’s the last I heard of him,” May said.

Feis reportedly put himself between some of the students and the gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, an expelled student who had gone on a shooting rampage at his former high school with an AR-15.

May told the Sun-Sentinel that he heard directly from one student that the assistant football coach had jumped between her and the shooter, and pushed her through a doorway and out of the line of fire.

Seventeen students and faculty were murdered by Cruz in just a few minutes.

The school announced Feis’ death in a tweet on Thursday morning.

“He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories,” they posted.

May called Feis a “Big ol’ teddy bear.”

Feis himself graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1999, ESPN reported. He's played center for their football team.

He returned in 2002 as head coach of the junior varsity team for eight seasons, before become assistant coach of the varsity squad. ESPN reported that he also served as the college recruiting coordinator for the high school.

“All my kids thought the world of him,” May told the Miami Herald. “All the graduates that played for us and even the students, man. They’d go on and on about how good he was to them and how he always had a smile for everybody. It’s sad.”

“Hardcore – he coached hard. Real good line. He did a great job with the [offensive] line. He took pride with working with those guys. Loyalty – I trusted him. He had my back. He worked hard. Just a good man. Loved his family. Loved his brother – just an excellent family man,” May told the Sun-Sentinel.

Feis lived with his wife and daughter in Coral Springs.

Mays went into lockdown in his football office where he’d been meetings with some football players and college recruiters.

He told the Sun-Sentinel that from their window, they’d seen the shooter escaping with other students who were evacuating.

Athletic Director Chris Hixon, is also being called a hero after he was gunned down on Wednesday.

"We had an athletic director, a campus monitor who responded immediately when there was signs of trouble in the school," Broward County Superintendent of Schools Robert W. Runcie said during a news conference Thursday. "Unfortunately those two heroes gave their lives for our kids and probably helped prevent this from being a worse tragedy than it is today."

The 49-year-old athletic director was also the high school’s wrestling coach. He had served in Iraq as a naval reservist, ESPN reported.

“I was close to him,” May told the Miami Herald. “When he likes you and trusts you, you become friends. We were to that point where we were being able to trust each other. We had each other’s back. He’s a good person. He’s good to people.”

Names of the other 17 victims were slowly being released on Thursday, The Washington Post reported.

Comments (21)
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Randy-
Randy-

Trump, a year ago: "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Thoughts & Prayers®™

JBo
JBo

Heroes...both of them!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

When will people on this site get tired of White Identity Extremists committing these mass shootings?

"OH WaiT bUt wHAt ABOuT ChICaGo" you might say? Unless you live in Chicago, you don't have to worry about Chicago violence. But as White Identity Extremists have shown like clockwork for a few years, no one can shoot up a school, a church, or other zones people consider safe, like them.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Heezels lol, getting into race on this site is not at all a new concept. Go look at any comment board where the subject is black.

Second of all, there is a much, much bigger societal impact between a white person shooting up a school (in Parkland, voted the safest city in Florida), and a Chicago street corner shooting. They are both terrible on the surface, but while you're using numbers and percentages to make an argument, you're totally ignoring the societal impact.

A school full of children and people trying to protect them dying has much more societal impact than a drug deal shooting, does it not? The president holds press conferences and media pauses and does round the clock coverage for one, but not the other.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn "Go look at any comment board where the subject is black." and we will find you defending that person. No matter the circumstances. You are always claiming it is the cops fault. White privilege and all that. They are snowflakes for going to the media. White this white that. Cop this cop that. You won't acknowledge a POS is a POS.

b1rd
b1rd

There is just as much impact on society as a white kid shooting up a school as a black kid. Equally when kids grow up in an atmosphere where street corner shooting are common it effects them also. EQUALLY !!!

b1rd
b1rd

GROW THE FUCK UP !!!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd definitely not the same.

b1rd
b1rd

Yes they are. A child no matter what race should not be exposed to violence of that nature. Yea, I'm talking about BOTH examples you gave. The worst part is when society takes the approach of "well they have seen it before so it won't affect them as bad next time." Or, "Yes, they will get use to it". "That's just how things go around here." That's the approach you appear to be taking.

b1rd
b1rd

You are wrong.

b1rd
b1rd
ceedee4
ceedee4

b1rd, you're right, they will claim only one is racist. We don't have to guess which one. God bless.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd then I'd they are societally the same, why aren't they covered equally in the news today?

b1rd
b1rd

To me they are equally evil.

b1rd
b1rd

The really sad part is the media would rather make issues about race rather than stupidity which people of all races would rather jump on.

b1rd
b1rd

Hey,,, let's talk about the person's color rather than the real issue.

b1rd
b1rd

I caught myself doing this too. Once I realized I was doing it I quit.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

You're right, JBo - the parents of the kids those two brave men saved will be always thankful that they faced the danger with courage.