DIXON (WREX) — Officer Mark Dallas, the Dixon High School resource officer who stopped an armed former student back in 2018, is retiring.
He’s been the school resource officer at Dixon High School for 5 years.
Dallas was hailed a hero in the spring of 2018, when authorities say a former student brought a gun to the high school’s graduation practice. Dallas shot and wounded Matthew Milby, who is still in jail facing charges. who was recently found unfit to stand trial.
“Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery,” Police Chief Steven Howell said at the time.
“We are forever grateful for his service, especially on May 16, 2018. Our schools are a better place thanks to our partnership with the Dixon Police Department and the SRO program. We wish Officer Dallas a retirement filled with family, friends, and pride for a job well done,” said Margo Empen, the superintendent wiht Dixon Public Schools District 170.
Officer Dallas is also credited with building rapport with students and staff within the school over the years. He attended special events, sporting events, and coached football for the past 5 years. The district says Officer Dallas played a key role in the safety and security measures that were implemented within the school, and was involved in deploying the many surveillance cameras that the school has within the facility.
Officer Chris Scott will take over the position. He’s an 11-year veteran of law enforcement who joined the Dixon Police Department in December 2017.
“I’m very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to continuing the standard that has been set by Officer Dallas,” Officer Scott said.