At a press conference at the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a proclamation declaring Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 as “Officer Mark Dallas Day” in the State of Illinois, in honor of the Dixon High School resource officer who prevented a mass shooting by chasing after a teenage shooter.
“All of us in Illinois owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the men and women of law enforcement who selflessly serve to protect our lives and keep our families safe,” Gov. Rauner said. “Every day, these brave men and women face great risks and put their lives on the line to perform their duties.”
“I’m honored by today’s recognition,” Ofc. Dallas said. “I’m humbled by those who refer to me as a hero. But I sincerely and respectfully reject that label. I much prefer dad.”
“Every school should have a Mark Dallas,” Rauner said. “These officers are experienced resources that can keep our students and teachers safe and focused on learning.”
Dallas has 24 years of law enforcement experience, serving 15-years on the Dixon Police Department and the last five years as the school resource officer for Dixon High school. As the school resource officer, he serves as a law enforcement officer, law-related counselor, and a law-related education teacher working closely with the students and staff while acting as a liaison for the police department.