Bivins honors police officer who stopped school shooting
This was the second time that state Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) praised Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas for stopping the Lee County school shooting and saving the lives of the students, teachers and staff members he was sworn to protect.
“We gather to recognize our hometown hero, and here is why,” Bivins said with Dallas at his side during the May 30 Senate floor debate, which was Biven's second time honoring Dallas since praising him earlier that month with Gov. Bruce Rauner and Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon).
On May 16, while high school seniors were in their high school gymnasium practicing for their graduation ceremony, a gunman fired shots in the gym, Bivins said.
“Dallas ran to the sound of the gun fire... and when he confronted the suspect, the suspect ran from the building and Officer Dallas gave chase,” Bivins said. “The suspect fired several rounds at Officer Dallas, and Officer Dallas returned fire, striking the suspect, disabling him and stopping the threat.”
Dallas undoubtedly saved the lives of many people that day, according to Bivins.