The athletic director who sacrificed his own life to save the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida from the evil act of a depraved young man had a history of heroism.
Chris Hixon was a former member of the United States Navy, and served our country proudly for years before becoming the AD at MSD high school in Florida. From a Gofundme page in his honor:
MM1 Chris Hixon, USN, Retired was a former member of NOSC Miami NSF Key West. He retired from the USN after 20 years of service five years ago. He was known for going above and beyond to help his shipmates.
Tragically, on Wednesday February 14, 2018 he was killed while serving as the Athletic Director at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. From the reports of the surviving staff and students, MM1 Chris Hixon, USN, Retired put his own life in the line of fire to save countless more. Yesterday we as a community loss a great shipmate and a great friend, however his smile will resonate with us forever. Let’s band together and support his family in their time of need.
The proceeds will be allocated to his sister Natalie Hixon.
“We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.” -President Ronald Reagan.
MM1 Chris Hixon, USN, Retired thank you for your service in and out of uniform. You will always be remembered for your selfless and brave final act.”
Hixon tried to use his military skills to disarm the shooter. “We heard he tried to disarm the shooter,” said Dan Jacob, athletic director and wrestling coach at Coral Springs High and a friend of Hixon’s for 20 years. “He always put others ahead of himself. He was the first to help people out. He just loved teaching and coaching kids and watching them grow up. Many tears have been shed; that’s what he meant to everybody. I’m going to try to be more like Chris.”
We should all learn from Chris’s memory.