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Officer hailed a hero after Dixon school shooting thanks community for support

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DIXON (WREX) -

For the first time since the shooting at Dixon High School Wednesday, the resource officer who police say chased the shooting suspect, makes a public statement for the first time.

Mertes & Mertes, P.C. Attorneys at Law made the statement on Officer Mark Dallas' behalf.

In part, the statement says,

"The terrible incident occurred as students assembled to rehearse for their high school graduation. Somewhere, in the midst of the chaos, a lesson might be heard: our world truly can be changed when we refuse to hide from adversity but instead run toward it. Officer Mark Dallas ran into a hail of bullets. He did so to save the lives of the students and staff he was sworn to protect."

The statement goes on to say Dallas' own son was in the gym for graduation rehearsal, where the gunshots were first heard.

The statement goes on to say,

"Mark is humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support for his actions at Dixon High School. He genuinely appreciates those who have referred to him as a hero. But Mark prefers different labels. His greatest pride stems from the titles, “Police Officer,” “Husband,” and, most of all, “Dad.”"

Dallas says in the statement he must now follow proper procedure following this incident and will not make any more public statements until that process is completed.

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