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Officer who shot school gunman gets ovation at graduation

DIXON, Ill. (AP) – A school resource officer who was hailed a hero for shooting and arresting a gunman at a northern Illinois high school received a standing ovation as he led students into their graduation ceremony.

Officer Mark Dallas’ 18-year-old son, Josh, was among the Dixon High School students forced to run for their lives during the shooting Wednesday.

On Sunday, Sauk Valley Media reports Josh said his father “took the whole school under his wing,” calling him “everyone’s father, savior and protector.”

Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, reacts as he leads Dixon High School’s Class of 2018 into their graduation ceremony in Lancaster Gymnasium at the school in Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, is charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Dallas. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Peter Balser/The Telegraph via AP)

No one besides the alleged gunman was injured.

Nineteen-year-old Matthew A. Milby Jr. is being held on $2 million bail after being charged with firing shots as seniors met for graduation rehearsal.

Police say Milby, who is a senior but had not been attending classes, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Jared Harrison, valedictorian for Dixon High School's class of 2018, gives a speech during his graduation ceremony at the school in Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, has been charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Mark Dallas, a school resource officer. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Peter Balser/The Telegraph via AP)

Jared Harrison, valedictorian for Dixon High School’s class of 2018, gives a speech during his graduation ceremony at the school in Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, has been charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Mark Dallas, a school resource officer. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Peter Balser/The Telegraph via AP)

Dixon High School's Class of 2018 celebrates their graduation at the school in Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, has been charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Mark Dallas, a school resource officer. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Peter Balser/The Telegraph via AP)

Dixon High School’s Class of 2018 celebrates their graduation at the school in Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, has been charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Mark Dallas, a school resource officer. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Peter Balser/The Telegraph via AP)

Officer Mark Dallas is honored during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill. Dallas is being hailed has a hero for stopping a former student armed with a rifle who attempted to enter the school last week. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Officer Mark Dallas is honored during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Dixon High School in Dixon, Ill. Dallas is being hailed has a hero for stopping a former student armed with a rifle who attempted to enter the school last week. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Officer Mark Dallas is honored during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Dixon High School. Dallas is being hailed has a hero for stopping a former student armed with a rifle who attempted to enter the school last week. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Officer Mark Dallas is honored during graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Dixon High School. Dallas is being hailed has a hero for stopping a former student armed with a rifle who attempted to enter the school last week. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Graduating seniors depart the ceremony at Dixon High School, Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, has been charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Mark Dallas, a school resource officer. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Graduating seniors depart the ceremony at Dixon High School, Dixon, Ill., Sunday, May 20, 2018. Matthew A. Milby Jr., 19, has been charged with firing shots inside of his northern Illinois high school Wednesday as seniors met for graduation rehearsal at the school before he was shot by Mark Dallas, a school resource officer. Milby was released from a hospital Thursday and transferred to the jail. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP)

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