WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas — Earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott presented Jack Wilson with the Governor's Medal of Courage for his actions to stop a man who opened fire in a north Texas church last month — killing two.
The Governor's Medal of Courage is Texas' highest civilian award and 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.
On December 29, 2019, 43-year-old Keith Thomas Kinnunen opened fire on the congregation at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas — tragically killing two churchgoers, 64-year-old Tony Wallace of Fort Worth, Texas, and 67-year-old Richard White of River Oaks, Texas.
Wilson, the head of the church's volunteer security team, immediately responded.
"Wilson jumped into action and fired a single round at the gunman, killing the gunman and preventing further loss of life," stated a release from the governor's office.
During the award ceremony, Abbott thanked Jack for his willingness to risk his own life to protect others in the congregation, and expressed the state of Texas' enduring gratitude for Jack's heroic actions.
"When faced with an evil that few of us will ever comprehend, Jack Wilson responded with strength, bravery, and with love for those in the church that day," Abbott said. "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."
Today I presented the Governor’s Medal of Courage to Jack Wilson. He’s the hero who risked his life to save the lives of others by stopping a gunman in a deadly shooting at a church near Fort Worth. It’s the highest award given to civilians in Texas. #txlege pic.twitter.com/UPaWjmsjTi— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 13, 2020