DIXON – A Dixon Police Officer was presented with the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Valor award at the Illinois Sheriff’s Winter Conference in Peoria, Monday. Officer Mark Dallas was presented the award for his heroic actions on May 16th 2018, when an active shooter was reported at Dixon High School. Officer Dallas allegedly perused the active shooter and during the pursuit the shooter fired several rounds towards Dallas. He returned fire and struck the suspect. The suspect was transported to the local hospital and received medical attention for non-life threatening injuries. Shortly thereafter, the suspect was taken into custody by Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies and Officer Dallas. It was noted that from the first shots fired by the suspect, to the time he was taken into custody, took only one minute and thirty seconds. Because of Officer Dallas’ heroic actions, countless lives were saved.