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Sgt. First Class Danny Ferguson just returned from Afghanistan. The movement specialist was working at Ft. Hood when 34-year-old Ivan Lopez snapped and opened fire.

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Danny's fiancée, Kristen Haley is a soldier too and she was nearby when it all went down. In an exclusive interview with 10 News Thursday night, she described how Danny sacrificed his life to keep the gunman out of a packed room of military personnel.

"He held that door shut because it wouldn't lock. It seems the doors would be bullet proof, but apparently they're not," Haley explained . "If he wasn't the one standing there holding those doors closed, that shooter would have been able to get through and shoot everyone else."

Ferguson was destined to be a great soldier. He graduated from Mulberry High School in Polk County in 1993. He was a prolific athlete, playing football, baseball, basketball and ran track. Mulberry High School teacher Joy Andrews agreed the five-sport letterman was destined for greatness.

"The fact he was able to play several sports probably doesn't surprise you he went on to fight for his country," said Andrews. "You usually don't sit around after graduation if you have that much in you."

And Danny's fiancée says he did have a lot in him...an intense desire to serve his country.

"I know that he did have a pleasure of serving. This was his life. He was proud to be part of a great service," said Haley.

More coverage on the Fort hood tragedy:

-General: 4 dead, 16 wounded in Fort Hood shooting

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