DIXON – Retiring Dixon High School resource officer Mark Dallas is being named National Officer of the Year by the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum.
It’s on top of a long list of awards and accolades Dallas has received for his actions during the May 16, 2018, shooting at the high school when then-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. Dallas pursued Milby outside of the school and put a stop to the situation after shooting him in the shoulder and hip.
An award presentation will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., where Dallas will receive a replica plaque from Chief/Chaplain Jack L. Rinchich, president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police/American Police Hall of Fame.
The original plaque will be displayed at the museum in Titusville, Florida.
“This title provides that special officer with its highest award to a living officer,” museum CEO Barry Shepherd said in a news release Tuesday. “The selection process is long and never an easy one, as many brave men and women put themselves in harm’s way protecting their communities every day.
“Therefore, recipients of this prestigious award have come from all over the United States as there is never a shortage of worthy candidates, each performing above and beyond the call of duty without regard for their own personal safety.”
Dallas’ list of local, state and national awards includes being named the 2018 Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and being praised by President Donald Trump, and former Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed May 30, 2018, as Officer Mark Dallas Day.
He was given the Medal of Valor by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, was named Dixon’s 2018 Citizen of the Year, and was recognized by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police with the James J. Wade Most Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.