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‘That man’s a hero.’ UM center remembers slain coach as Parkland kids return to school

Aaron Feis
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Corey Gaynor is working hard to solidify his spot as backup center to UM senior standout Tyler Gauthier.

On Wednesday, sweat pouring down on another brutally hot summer day at Greentree Field, Gaynor spoke about how hard he and the other linemen are working this camp, how he plays for his family, and especially his father — “I love to make my dad proud all the time”— and on a somber note, how his thoughts are with his alma mater.

Gaynor, a sophomore, was a star lineman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, where his offensive line coach for four years was Aaron Feis, the brave man who died while helping to shield students from gunfire during the mass shooting last February when 17 people were killed. Wednesday was the first day of school in Broward County.

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