Aaron Feis is being celebrated as a hero, according to the Miami Herald, citing tributes to the coach and reports on social media.
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Seventeen were killed and many more were injured in Wednesday's shooting. A gunman, whom police identified as 19-year-old former student Nikolas De Jesus Cruz, opened fire on students in the afternoon.
When the shooting started, Feis – a school security guard, as well – reportedly stepped between the shooter and students, taking bullets in the act. He was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition.
Douglas football player Charlie Rothkopf tweeted that his coach “took [several] bullets covering other students at Douglas.”
The Miami Herald reported that Feis is a 1999 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
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"He is a friend to all students that know him," wrote Angelica Losada, who identified herself as a former student at the school. "Please, take a moment to send healing prayers for him."
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said "a football coach" had died in the shooting. It is not clear if Israel was referring to Feis.