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On February 14th, the unthinkable happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As events of that day unfold, we learn of the many heroes that emerged. There are undoubtably many heroes from that day but among them, these are some of the heroes that put their own lives on the line in order to protect others...
Mr. Feis was well loved by all those that knew him. He died on Wednesday after he protected students from gunfire by using himself as a shield and shielding students behind him. Denis Lehtio, a football program spokesman states "he died the same way he lived - he put himself second." (credit: CNN)
Peter was a member of the school's JROTC and was shot and killed protecting fellow classmates. One of his close friends that was in his class when the shooting started commented "Wang stood tall in full JROTC regalia and sacrificed his life as he ushered other students to safety." A petition is currently underway to bury Peter with full military honors. (credit: ABC News)
Mr. Beigel ushered children back into the classroom as shooting began and he stayed behind to make sure everyone was safe. Mr. Beigel did not make it back into the classroom but he did manage to save many students from being a direct target, when he himself stood in the line of fire. (credit: CNN)
Ms. Falkowski managed to protect her 19 students by hiding them in her classroom closet and constantly reassuring them that she would not let anything happen to them. "Being one of those 19 kids for numerous hours was beyond surreal. Melissa Falkowski, the teacher, was one of the few that kept me calm and safe. I'm beyond thankful for educators like her.", student Emma Dowd commented on twitter. (credit: Love What Matters)
When students started running towards her and towards the shooter, the Parkland School Janitor quickly diverted the students the other way, away from danger. David Hogg, school senior comments "without her, who knows how many of us would have died, 'cause we were easily 100 feet away from the freshman building." (credit: ABC News)
Many innocent lives were lost on February 14th, 2018. As we mourn those victims, may we also honor these heroes and be grateful for their efforts that helped to prevent more people from being killed.