He blew her a kiss before dying.
Sgt. First Class Danny Ferguson, who sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers during the Fort Hood rampage, sent a silent smooch to his fiancée when the smitten couple last said goodbye, relatives said.
“They were so in love, so in love,” said Susan Tirrell, whose niece Kristen Haley received a diamond ring from Ferguson on Christmas Day — as her whole family anxiously watched.
“He was a wonderful, caring guy,” Tirrell said in her Massachusetts home. “He was really good to Kristen . . . My heart is so heavy for her.”
The decorated Ferguson, a 21-year Army veteran with tours in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, died as heroically as any U.S. soldier on a far-flung battlefield.
The 39-year-old wedged himself against an unlocked door inside a base building to block deranged shooter Ivan Lopez from gunning down a roomful of his colleagues, said Ferguson’s fiancée.
“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,” Haley told WTSP-TV in Florida.