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Dixon Officer Mark Dallas named ‘National Officer of the Year’

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DIXON, Ill. (WTVO) — Officer Mark Dallas, the Dixon School Resource Officer credited with preventing a mass shooting last year, received the award for “National Officer of the Year.”

The award will be presented through the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum.

The award ceremony took place at Dixon City Hall, 121 West Second Street, on Thursday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m.

The American Police Hall of Fame was established in 1960 and began a national awards program in 1972. In 1988, the Hall of Fame began recognizing one police officer from across the country each year.

Officer Dallas is credited with preventing a mass shooting at Dixon High School on May 16, 2018 after shooting and stopping a gunman who fired several shots in the school gymnasium during a senior graduation practice.

Dallas is a 15 year veteran of the Dixon Police Department and has 24 total years of law enforcement experience and had been assigned as the Dixon High School Resource Officer for the past 5 years. 

An outpouring of public support for Officer Dallas’ actions trended on social media following reports of the shooting.

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