On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott presented the Governor’s Medal of Courage to the man who stopped a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church in North Texas last month.
Jack Wilson is the head of the volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, near Fort Worth.
Throughout the event, Abbott called Wilson a hero, a title he has pushed back against in the weeks since the shooting.
“I feel more as a protector than I do a hero,” Wilson said with the medal around his neck. “I feel very honored that God allowed me to have that capability to do what needed to be done that particular time.”
When a gunman opened fire on the congregation on December 29th, Wilson jumped into action and fired a single round at 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen, killing him and likely preventing further loss of life.
The medal is given to civilians who display “great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another’s life.”
“So many lives were saved because of Jack Wilson’s quick action, his calmness under pressure, and above all else his courage and his willingness to risk his own life to save the lives of others,” Abbott said before presenting Wilson the medal. “Only god knows who is alive today because of Jack Wilson.”
Throughout the ceremony, Abbott praised both Wilson’s quick action and a law state lawmakers passed last session that enabled him to be armed.
Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 535, which removed restrictions from licensed gun owners for carrying inside a church.
“People aren’t even safe in their churches. It’s so unfortunate, and I’m sorry that we need laws like that, but we do,” said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.
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Source: CBS Austin