There is no greater love than to sacrifice oneself for another, and reports are indicating that a football coach did just that — and heroically threw himself in harms way in order to protect students during the deadly shooting today in a Florida high school.
“This is the face of a hero,” wrote an Instagram user who went to the school where the tragic events unfolded earlier today.
This, ladies and gentlemen, if the face of a hero. Coach Aaron Feis was injured protecting a student in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and, at last report, is in critical condition. He is a friend to all students that know him. He was always so nice to me when I went to school there, and I know he is close with my brother and his friends. Please, take a moment to send healing prayers for him.
According to the Miami Herald, Feis was a security guard at the school and cared very deeply about the students and their safety.
In addition to coaching football, Feis worked as a security guard at the school for at least eight years and took his role protecting students very seriously, said Andrew Hofmann, a former student at the school who recently coached the swimming and water polo teams.
“He’s very well dedicated to the safety of the school during the daytime,” Hofmann said early in the evening, before Israel made his announcement.
Hofmann described the coach as “a quiet person” with a good sense of humor. “When there’s a funny joke he is always laughing for sure,” he said.
Coach Feis was initially feared dead, but another coach at the school, Jordan May, tweeted that “Coach Feis has not passed. He was shot but is not dead.”
Please pray for God to heal Coach Feis and all those who suffered wounds, and for those have undoubtedly suffered emotional wounds as well.