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Three football players remembered the heroic coach who gave his life on Wednesday to shield students from a gunman inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Stories of Aaron Feis' incredible heroism have been shared by students over the past day after a former student, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, opened fire in the school, killing 17 people in Parkland, Florida.

Feis sustained fatal wounds when he threw himself in front of the bullets to protect students.

Tyler Goodman said he was in another coach's office when the shots rang out. He said he could hear Coach Feis - who also served as a security guard at the school - responding on the radio. 

"They thought it was firecrackers at first. He said 'that's no firecracker, I'm going in.' It was just silent from there," said Goodman.

Will Pringle, another of Feis' players, said Feis always asked about his players' families and tried to get to know them as people, beyond the football field. 

Lucas Taylor said he broke down in tears when he heard Feis had been killed in the attack. Taylor said, according to other students' accounts, Feis saw children running from the gunman and shielded them.

"Supposedly he took eight bullets, I'm not sure if that's true, but he's a hero," he said. 

Steve Doocy noted that other reports have indicated Feis was able to make contact with the shooter and jump on him at one point.

Watch the emotional interview above.

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