Jack Wilson, the security guard who heroically eliminated the recent church shooter in Texas, was awarded Governor’s Medal of Courage by Texas Governor, Greg Abbott.
On that tragic Sunday, Wilson used a SIG P229 to take down the shotgun-wielding shooter who had just killed two church members in the West Freeway Church of Christ. He only used one round. The viral livestream footage of the attack showed how Wilson was able to eliminate the risk in only 6 seconds.
“What we do know is that so many lives were saved because of Jack Wilson’s quick action,” said Gov. Abbot. “His calmness under pressure and, above all else, his courage and his willingness to risk his own life to save the lives of others.”
— John Wittman (@john_jwitt) January 13, 2020
Governor Abbott directly praised the bravery and the humility of Wilson.
When faced with an evilness that few of us can ever comprehend, Jack Wilson responded with strength, with bravery, and with love for those in the church that day. That is the kind of man that Jack Wilson is. Jack, I know that you have been reluctant to accept the label of being called a hero, but that is exactly who you are.
Previously, Wilson had shared his thoughts about that day. “I’m thankful to God that I have been blessed with the ability and desire to serve him in the role of head of security at the church,” Wilson said. “I am very sad in the loss of two dear friends and brothers in Christ, but evil does exist in this world and I and other members are not going to allow evil to succeed. Please pray for all the members and their families in this time. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.”
As to whether he believes he is a hero, Wilson was clear. “I don’t consider myself a hero at all,” Wilson said. “I did what I was trained to do.”