DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon School Resource Officer Mark Dallas is set to retire before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Dallas is credited for confronting suspected shooter Matthew Milby, who opened fire during graduation practice at Dixon High School in May 2018. He has served as the school resource officer for the past five years.
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.
"Officer Dallas is a member of our Dixon Public Schools family," says Margo Empen, Dixon Public Schools District 170 superintendent. "We are forever grateful for his service, especially on May 16, 2018. We wish Officer Dallas a retirement filled with family, friends, and pride for a job well done."
The Dixon Police Department says officer Chris Scott, an 11-year law enforcement veteran, will take over as school resource officer at the start of the year.
“I’m very excited for this new opportunity and look forward to continuing the standard that has been set by Officer Dallas,” says Scott.
Dixon Police will soon plan a retirement party for officer Mark Dallas.