True Texas Hero Will Be Honored Today With The Governor's Medal of Courage

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he will present the state’s highest civilian award, the Governor's Medal of Courage, to Jack Wilson, the head of the volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement near Fort Worth.

When a gunman opened fire on the congregation on December 29th, Wilson jumped into action and fired a single round at the gunman, killing the gunman, and preventing further loss of life.

Today, Gov. Abbott will present the Governor's Medal of Courage to Wilson.

The medal 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.

After the incident last month, Wilson wrote on Facebook “the events at West Freeway Church of Christ put me in a position that I would hope no one would have to be in, but evil exists and I had to take out an active shooter in church.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. 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.”