“We also thank God for putting Jack Wilson in that church that day to bring the attack to an end.” – Texas governor Greg Abbott [#WeThankGod #WeAlsoThankGod]

“We also thank God for putting Jack Wilson in that church that day to bring the attack to an end.” – Texas governor Greg Abbott [#WeThankGod #WeAlsoThankGod]

“Although we continue to mourn the loss of Tony Wallace and Rich White, we also thank God for putting Jack Wilson in that church that day to bring the attack to an end. You put your life on the line to ensure others would live. That is the hallmark of heroism and of courage.” – Texas governor Greg Abbott

On Monday, Jan 13, 2020 Texas governor Greg Abbott (R) awarded the Governor’s Medal of Courage — the state’s highest civilian award — to Jack Wilson, the 71-year-old churchgoer and volunteer security guard who stopped a gunman who opened fire, killing 2 and injuring 1, in the West Freeway Church of Christ on Dec. 29, 2019.

Despite the copious accolades and heartfelt thanks, Jack Wilson has stepped away from being labeled as a hero and has taken a more reflective stance on his actions, per his statements.

During the ceremony, Jack Wilson said, “I feel more as a protector than I do a hero. I feel very honored that God allowed me to have that capability to do what needed to be done that particular time.”

Jack Wilson, a Granbury, Texas, resident, is the president and owner of On Target Firearms Academy in nearby Fort Worth. He has reportedly had significant training with handling firearms as a former reserve deputy sheriff and attended church that day as a volunteer security guard.

While acknowledging the 2 victims, Gov. Greg Abbot said, “Although we continue to mourn the loss of Tony Wallace and Rich White, we also thank God for putting Jack Wilson in that church that day to bring the attack to an end. You put your life on the line to ensure others would live. That is the hallmark of heroism and of courage.”

The late Tony Wallace was a church deacon himself, and Rich White was a sales manager.

Jack Wilson, Texas shooting security guard, receives Governor’s Medal of Courage:
The Hill

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