The medal, which is the state's highest civilian honor, is given to Texans who display "great acts of heroism by risking their own safety to save another's life."
Before presenting Wilson the medal, Gov. Abbott declared:
"So many lives were saved because of Jack Wilson's quick action, his calmness under pressure, and above all else his courage and his willingness to risk his own life to save the lives of others. Only God knows who is alive today because of Jack Wilson."
Wearing the medal around his neck, 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."