Texas Governor Presents Medal Of Courage To Church Shooting Hero Jack Wilson

Chris Fox
January 13, 2020 - 3:01 pm
Governor Greg Abbott Medal of Courage, West Freeway Church of Christ hero Jack Wilson

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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott Monday presented the Governor's Medal of Courage to West Freeway Church of Christ hero Jack Wilson at the Governor's Mansion.

 Governor Abbott thanked Wilson for his willingness to risk his own life to protect others in the congregation, and expressed the state of Texas' enduring gratitude for his heroic actions.

"When faced with an evil that few of us will ever comprehend, Jack Wilson responded with strength, bravery, and with love for those in the church that day," said Governor Abbott. "The courage in his actions cannot be understated, and Jack is not only a hero to West Freeway Church of Christ — he is a hero to the entire state of Texas."

After receiving the Medal of Courage, Wilson said he does not think of himself as a hero. “I feel more as a protector, than I do a hero, because I did lose two friends.” Wilson is referring to the deaths of Tony Wallace and Rich White; two fellow parishioners struck down by the gunman.

Jack Wilson is the head of the volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. When a gunman opened fire on the congregation on December 29, 2019, Wilson jumped into action and fired a single round at the gunman, killing the gunman and preventing further loss of life.

The Governor's Medal of Courage is given to civilians who display great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life. It is the highest award given to civilians by the Governor.