“It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the post reads. “He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories.”
Echoing what others had said Wednesday on social media, football coach Willis May told the Orlando Sentinelthat he had heard Feis had put his life in danger when he shielded a female student from the shooter and pushed her out of the way.
It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories pic.twitter.com/O181FvuHl3
• Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.
As one of the security staff, Feis responded to the initial call on the school’s security radio walkie-talkies, May said. When someone asked on the radio if the sounds booming through the hallways were firecrackers, “I heard Aaron say, ‘No, that is not firecrackers,” said May, who was also listening to the security radio.
“That’s the last I heard of him,” May said.
May spoke glowingly of Feis to the Sentinel.
“Big ol’ teddy bear,” May said. “Hardcore — he coached hard. Real good line. He did a great job with the 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.”
RELATED VIDEO: Parkland, Florida High School Teacher Recalls Initial Moments of School Shooting
He returned to Douglas in 2002 and became head coach of the junior varsity team. After that, he coached the linemen for the JV and varsity teams and coordinates the players’ college recruitment. He had a wife and a daughter, according to the biography.
“He was a great guy,” Douglas sophomore lineman Gage Gaynor told the Sentinel. “Everyone loved him. Shame he had to go like this. Always gave his all to making us better. Definitely learned a lot from him.”
Feis leaves behind a wife and daughter, according to the school bio.