ORLANDO – Dixon High School resource officer Mark Dallas’ actions during a school shooting in May have earned him acclaim as a hero on the local, state and national level.
Now he’s getting a round of applause from the rest of the world.
Dallas was named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
He received the prestigious award Saturday night at the organization’s national conference in Orlando, Florida, for his actions during the May 16 shooting at the high school when 19-year-old student Matthew A. Milby Jr. opened fire inside the school with a 9mm semi-automatic rifle as he was heading toward the gym, which was filled with about 180 seniors rehearsing for graduation. Milby started shooting at Dallas during the chase outside the school, and Dallas returned fire, striking him in the shoulder and hip. No one else was injured.
Dallas was one of four finalists nominated for the award.
The 50-year-old longtime Dixon native has served 24 years in law enforcement, about 15 years at the Dixon Police Department, and 4 years as school resource officer.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police bills itself as the “world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders.” The association, which dates back to 1893 and has more than 30,000 members in 150 countries, works to promote the law enforcement profession through advocacy, outreach, education and programs.
THE OTHER FINALISTS
Officer Dallas was one of four finalists for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Officer of the Year Award. The other three are ...
• Officer Taylor S. Rust of the Plano, Texas, Police Department saved the lives of four civilians when responding to shots fired in a residential neighborhood.
• Sgt. Luis Celis of the Doral, Florida, Police Department played a key role in stopping an active shooter incident at the Trump National Doral Resort when he pursued and apprehended the shooter.
• Washington State Patrol Trooper Nathaniel Dawson's involvement in a high-speed vehicle pursuit of two armed suspects lead to the confrontation and eventual capture of the suspects.
– Source: theiacp.org