'He Took the Bullets for Them': Student Says Hero Coach 'Sprinted' Toward the Gunfire
A heroic football coach sprinted as fast as he could toward the gunfire to save students from a gunman inside a Florida high school Wednesday.
Stories of Aaron Feis' incredible heroism are being shared by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed.
Feis, who was also a security guard at the school, was the first of the victims to be identified. He sustained fatal wounds when he threw himself in front of the bullets to protect students.
Lifting up this hero to the heavens. https://t.co/4RGAh5wjlr
— HARRISFAULKNER (@HARRISFAULKNER) February 15, 2018
This man is a hero. https://t.co/X1kpk3fmMr
— Jillian Mele (@jillianmele) February 15, 2018
A student named Colton said Feis was outside in his golf cart when the gunfire erupted around 2:30pm local time.
"He was a big man. He sprinted with everything he had towards it to make sure everybody was safe. I heard he got in front of a couple of people and shielded them. He actually took the bullets for them," the student explained.
Feis is survived by his wife and a young daughter, according to the school's website. Authorities said Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student, pulled a fire alarm to draw students out into the hallways before opening fire.
Police said he was wearing a gas mask and also had smoke grenades with him. Cruz escaped the school before police arrested him nearby about an hour later.
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