DIXON (WREX) — A Dixon officer, credited with saving lives by preventing a school shooting, is named National Officer of the Year.
Officer Mark Dallas was presented the award Thursday at Dixon City Hall.
Dallas served as the school resource officer at Dixon High School. He since announced he will soon retire.
In May 2018, a former student at Dixon High School walked in allegedly armed with a gun and Dallas chased the man out of the school. The suspect was arrested.
“There’s something special about officers, first responders, that they’re committed,” said Chief/Chaplain Jack L. Rinchich, President National Association of Chiefs of Police/American Police Hall of Fame. “Even in the face of danger, and that’s one thing that makes Officer Dallas very special.”
The award is through the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Florida. Chief Rinchich presented Officer Dallas a plaque during the recognition ceremony.
The plaque will be a replica of the one that is now permanently affixed on the “National Officer of the Year” honor wall at the facility in Titusville, Florida.
“Would I have thought of this 25 years ago, that this is how I would be at the twilight of the end of my career, that I would be getting this honor? I would have never thought that,” Officer Dallas said.