Man Who Stopped Church Shooting Honored with State’s Highest Award

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Man Who Stopped Church Shooting Honored with State’s Highest Award


Seventy-one-year old Jack Wilson received Texas’ highest civilian honor on Monday after he stopped an active church shooter.

“Only God knows who is alive today because of Jack Wilson,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott, according to Faithwire

“What we do know is that 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 awarded Wilson with the Governor’s Medal of Courage, which is given to people who show heroism when their life is in danger to save other’s lives. This is the first time the award has been given.

As Christian Headlines previously reported, in December, Wilson noticed a suspicious man walking into West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. As part of the church’s security team, Wilson followed him and jumped into action as soon as the man began to shoot. Unfortunately, the gunman hit and killed two people, but Wilson quickly stopped a potential rampage with a single round at the gunman.

“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,” Abbot said.

Wilson’s training as a firearms instructor, former reserve sheriff’s deputy, and on the church security team kicked in as soon as he saw…

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