School resource officer receives more accolades

May 2, 2019

DIXON – Dixon High School resource officer Mark Dallas added a couple more awards to his collection.

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois named Dallas its Law Enforcement Hero at the group’s annual Heroes Breakfast Wednesday in Chicago.

“It’s an honor for the American Red Cross to recognize the contributions of individuals like officer Dallas, who without hesitation put himself in the line of fire, protecting the lives of students,” said Celena Roldan, chief executive officer of the regional agency.

Dallas put a stop to the May 16 shooting at Dixon High School, when senior Matthew A. Milby Jr. took a 9mm semi-automatic rifle to school, fired at a gym teacher he encountered in a hallway, and took off running seconds later when confronted and pursued by Dallas. About 182 students were in the gym nearby for graduation practice, including Dallas’ son, Joshua.

Milby, 20, fired at Dallas during the pursuit; Dallas returned fire, hitting Milby in the upper shoulder and hip. Milby was arrested near his car in Page Park. No one else was injured.

The Dixon Police sergeant was among a dozen others honored for outstanding acts of heroism, dedication and service.

On Friday, Dallas also was recognized by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police with the James J. Wade Most Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award during the organization’s annual conference in Oak Brook.

The two awards are the latest in a long list of accolades he’s received in the last year.

He was given the Medal of Valor by the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and was U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s special guest at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

Trump praised Dallas in October when he was named the 2018 Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and former Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed May 30, 2018, as Officer Mark Dallas Day.

Dallas also was an honorary captain for a Chicago Bears game in September and received city, state and national government commendations during the past several months, including being named Dixon’s Citizen of the Year.

In June, he was honored as Hero of the Year and Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Lee County Voiture 409.