Spotlight: Coach Aaron Feis
Coach Aaron Feis died in the line of duty. He was not a policeman, on assignment in Afghanistan. He was an assistant football coach in a school in Florida. He died placing his body between the gunman and three girls in his school.
The Orlando Sentinel reports: “Colton Haab, a 17-year-old junior and football player, told CNN: “[He] made sure everyone else’s needs were met before his own.” Al Lang, the former head coach at the high school and one of Feis’ close friends, put it best when I interviewed him earlier this week: “The one word that comes to mind when I think of Coach Feis is servant,” Lang said. “There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for those kids. Nothing.” Coach Feis died the way he lived and the way many high school coaches live — by putting their needs second to the needs of our children. “He was a hard worker,” Haab said. “He worked after school, on the weekends, mowing lawns, just helping as many people as possible.”
Aaron Feis graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 1999 and returned to the school as a coach a few years later. He coached varsity. He coached junior varsity. He was the coach in charge of helping players try to get college scholarships.
“He made all the highlight tapes for our seniors to try to get them into a good college,” Lang recalled. “There was no job he would not do. If it meant washing uniforms or practice gear, he would do it. He was dedicated to the kids.”
Lausanne Learning honors him, as it honors geography teacher Scott Beigel and athletic director Christopher Hixon who all died in the line of duty. They were all teachers. They loved children. They died for their children. We honor them.