Dixon officer Mark Dallas honored as 'National Officer of the Year'

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Mark Dallas, credited for confronting​ a suspected school shooter at Dixon High School last year, was honored as the "National Officer of the Year."

The honor comes from the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum.

Dallas is a 15-year veteran of the Dixon Police Department and has served as the Dixon School Resource Officer for the last five years. He is credited for stopping Matthew Milby, the man accused of opening fire during graduation practice at Dixon High School in May 2018.

The award comes on top of national and local honors. Since 1988, the Hall of Fame has recognized one police officer around the country each year.

In October 2018, Dallas was honored as the International Association of Chiefs of Police "Officer of the Year." Last February, he also received the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Valor award, which is given to officers who exemplify bravery in the line of duty.

Dallas is set to retire​ from his role as Dixon School Resource Officer before the start of the 2019-20 school year next week. Chris Scott, an 11-year law enforcement veteran, will take over his role.

You can watch a ceremony of Officer Dallas receiving his award at Dixon City Hall below, courtesy of our sister station KWQC: