Hero Jack Wilson receives Medal of Courage for his actions at the church shooting in Texas pic.twitter.com/8bAO6bZavo— America's Keepers Thin Blue Line Show (@thinblueliner) January 14, 2020
On Monday a 71 year old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a Church in December received the highest civilian honor from Governor Greg Abbott
During a ceremony in Austin, Gov. Abbott presented Jack Wilson with the Governor’s Medal of Courage, calling him a hero for stopping the shooter at a Church in the small town of White Settlement.
In the West Freeway Church of Christ Sanctuary a shooter came in an opened fire at the congregation, killing two of its members. Wilson ended the incident as quickly as it started. As members of the congregation took cover, Wilson pulled out a handgun and took down the gunman with a single round.
It was that quick action that earned him the Governor’s Medal of Courage, the state’s highest civilian award — even if the 71-year-old doesn’t find his own actions extraordinary.
As Abbott draped the medal over Wilson’s neck at the ceremony outside the governor’s mansion he stated, “Yes, I’ve been handed the moniker of a hero, and as I’ve stated a couple of times already, I feel more as a protector than I do a hero because I did lose two real good friends,”
“I don’t see myself as a hero,” Wilson said after the shooting. “I see myself as doing what needed to be done to take out the evil threat.”
The Medal of Courage is given to those civilians who commit, “great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another’s life.”
“I feel very honored that God allowed me to have that capability to do what needed to be done that particular time,” Jack Wilson said at the event.