Our prayers go out to everyone in Stoneman Douglas High School community in Parkland, Florida that is going through so much pain and sadness in the wake of Wednesday’s horrible shooting that left 17 innocent victims dead. Among the dead, being hailed as heroes, are assistant football coach Aaron Feis and the school’s athletic director Chris Hixon.
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
— MS Douglas Football (@MSDEagles) February 15, 2018
“We had an athletic director, a campus monitor who responded immediately when there was signs of trouble in the school,” Broward County Superintendent of Schools Robert W. Runcie said during a news conference Thursday. “Unfortunately those two heroes gave their lives for our kids and probably helped prevent this from being a worse tragedy than it is today.”
Fies, an offensive line coach, was wounded and died later in the day after getting between the shooter and a girl he was pushing out of the way of the shooter. Fies was a security monitor in the school. He had been a coach at his alma mater since 2002.
In addition to being the school’s AD, he was also the head wrestling coach.