Const. Joe Prevett identified as deceased K-9 officer who collapsed in Gravenhurst
THUNDER BAY — A Thunder Bay K-9 police officer who died while training this morning in Gravenhurst has been identified.
“It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Constable Joseph Prevett,” says the Thunder Bay Police Service.
“Constable Prevett was participating in a K-9 training exercise near Gravenhurst, Ontario at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning when he collapsed. He was rushed to hospital in medical distress. He died a short time later.”
Prevett was participating in a training course with the Ontario Provincial Police along with his new police service dog Timber.
(The OPP have a canine training centre in Gravenhurst and they also provide training for other police services.)
Prevett began his policing career in 1998 with Peel Regional Police. He became a member of the Thunder Bay Police Service in 2003.
“Joe was a member of the Emergency Task Unit of the T.B.P.S. where he was assigned as a police service dog handler.
“He leaves a wife and family behind.”
He was 50 years of age at the time of his death, a news release on the TBPS website said.
“Prevett was a valued member of the Thunder Bay Police Service. He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and serving with him.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
The Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the incident.
A special Facebook page will be set up by the Thunder Bay Police Service to receive condolences and provide information for funeral/memorial arrangements.
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