Wheeler, Illinois House Honor Dixon Officer Who Averted School Attack

Today, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and the Illinois House of Representatives honored Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas, the school resource officer whose quick action saved numerous lives on May 16, 2018. Governor Bruce Rauner has also declared today Mark Dallas Day.

“Officer Dallas is a true hero in every sense of the word,” said Wheeler. “His immediate recognition of the situation and quick action to disarm the gunman that day at Dixon High School averted what could have been a terrible attack and saved numerous lives. Officer Dallas, for your bravery and selfless action to save lives by going into harm’s way, we thank you.”

On May 16, 2018, Dallas confronted an armed former student who had fired a gun at Dixon High School where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal. As a result of Dallas’ decisive action, no students were harmed. Dallas was honored by House Resolution 1114, which also commended the lockdown procedure put into place by the educators and students at Dixon High School who all acted calmly in the face of the incident.

Officer Dallas has 24 years of law enforcement experience, serving 15-years on the Dixon Police Department and the last five years as the school resource officer for Dixon High School. As the school resource officer, he serves as a law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and a law-related education teacher working closely with the students and staff while acting as a liaison for the police department.

For the complete text of House Resolution 1114, Click Here.

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