(WATCH) Texas Awards Church Shooting Hero with Medal of Courage
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
Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday gave Texas’ highest civilian honor to a 71-year-old man who shot and killed an armed attacker at a church in December.
Abbott gave Jack Wilson the Governor’s Medal of Courage during a ceremony in Austin, calling him a hero for stopping the shooter at a church in the small town of White Settlement.
When the shooter opened fire, killing two parishioners in the West Freeway Church of Christ sanctuary, Wilson ended the incident as quickly as it began. As most churchgoers took cover between the pews, Wilson pulled out a handgun, assumed a shooting stance and dropped 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.
“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,” Wilson said upon Abbott draping the medal over his neck at a ceremony outside the governor’s mansion.
"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."
Politicians in Austin disagree — namely Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott on Monday presented Wilson with the Medal of Courage, which is given to 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