Texas firearms instructor who took out gunman at church service to receive governor’s honor

Jack Wilson will receive the Governor’s Medal of Courage later this month


By Amanda Lien 

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas governor Greg Abbot will present the Governor’s Medal of Courage to the man who fatally shot a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church in North Texas last month. 

CBS Austin reports Jack Wilson, a firearms instructor and former reserve deputy, will be honored Jan. 13 for his quick, lifesaving actions after a gunman opened fire on his congregation at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas on Dec. 29.  

The medal is given to civilians who display “great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life,” according to the governor’s office. It is the highest award given by the governor to civilians.  

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