Officer who thwarted Dixon school shooting receives congressional honors

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon High School resource officer Mark Dallas says he feels uncomfortable when he is called a hero, but it hasn't stopped others from doing so.

On Wednesday, 16th Dist. U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) presented Dallas with an official copy of a message that Kinzinger read to Congress on May 24.

"The swift, decisive actions by Ofcr. Dallas demonstrates the difference between a job and one's calling," Kinzinger said Wednesday.

Dallas stopped a potential tragedy at Dixon High School May 16 when he chased down student Matthew Milby, who opened fire inside the high school. Dallas was able to disarm the shooter and take him into custody.

"I call them my '182'. I had about 182 students in there so, Including my own son, I think about that quite a bit," Dallas said. "I'm a history buff and that makes me happy; I know my family's name will be in history forever now."

Dallas says he hopes people will contact their local politicians in support of the school resource officer bill, which is currently in the Illinois Senate.

HB5887 would allow school districts to put a referendum on the ballot to let local sales taxes help pay for school resource officers and mental health workers.