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Man Who ‘Took Out’ Texas Church Shooter Will Receive Medal Of Courage In Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — The man who has been recognized as the person who “took out” an active shooter at a North Texas church will receive the Medal of Cou...

AUSTIN, Texas — The man who has been recognized as the person who "took out" an active shooter at a North Texas church will receive the Medal of Courage from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Jack Wilson is the head of the volunteer security team at West Freeway Church of Christ. That's the church in White Settlement, Texas, where two men were killed in a tragic shooting during a service on Dec. 29.

Wilson was one of the congregants who shot and killed the active shooter who opened fire. The shooter was later identified by officials as Keith Thomas Kinnunen, 43.

Abbott announced Friday that Wilson will receive the award on Monday, Jan. 13.

The medal is given to those who "display great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life," Abbott said.

It is the highest award given to civilians by the governor, according to his office.

Wilson said he and other members of the security team were watching Kinnunen when he walked into the sanctuary because he was wearing a fake beard and fake wig.

"I don't consider myself a hero at all," Wilson said. "I did what I was trained to do."

President Donald Trump even praised the parishioners who stopped the shooter.

"Our prayers are with the families of the victims and the congregation of yesterday's church attack," Trump said on Twitter. "It was over in six seconds thanks to the brave parishioners who acted to protect 242 fellow worshippers."

The two congregants killed in the shooting were 67-year-old Richard White and 64-year-old Tony Wallace.