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Hero on a heartbreaking day

Coach Aaron Feis in an image taken from the Twitter feed of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football community.
Coach Aaron Feis in an image taken from the Twitter feed of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football community.

There are heroes, and then there are Heroes.

If you take a bullet for someone, you most definitely are a Hero.

Tragically, that’s what happened to Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard at the Florida high school where 17 people were killed Wednesday in a horrific mass shooting.

Feis died from gunshot wounds when he shielded students from the shooter. Without his courage, more students would have perished.

That Feis was a coach is no surprise. You see, youth and school coaches are selfless. They are devoted. They care. They are leaders. And they do the right thing.

It’s why some of us to this day refer to them as “Coach” when we see them – even though they last coached us decades ago. (Here’s looking at you, Coach Beck.)

It’s a sign of respect for the men and women who are positive role models and inspire their athletes long after they are no longer coaching them.

A lifetime mentor, one could say.

And now, in death, Coach Aaron Feis of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in southern Florida is having that kind of impact. And not just on his athletes.

He has shown the world what bravery is all about.

To make a gallant act on a heartbreaking day.

To sacrifice your life to help others.

A Hero.

A Coach.

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