The corrections officer involved in yesterday's hostage taking is resting at home with his family.
He has been identified as John Tsentouros, and he is receiving support from across the province and as far away as Edmonton.
A social media statement was released earlier today by Tsentouros' wife, Daniela:
"On behalf of John, myself, and our families, we want to extend our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love & support we have received in the last 24 hrs.
We had the best case outcome which was that John was released with minimal physical injuries. John is forever grateful for everyone involved with his safe release. 💙👮🏻♀️👮🏻♂️💙
We have a long road ahead of us but are surrounding by love and support.
We ask that the public please respect our family’s privacy at this time. We will reach out when ready."
Tsentouros had been working at the jail for seven years. In his off hours, he was an avid member fitness advocate, who loved sports, especially soccer.
A gofundme page was created overnight by a corrections officer in Thunder Bay, Jeff Murray. He wasn't immediately available for comment.
Close to $5,000 had been raised by 5 p.m. today.
The hostage taking started around 2:30 p.m. yesterday, and a fire was also lit in one of the cells on the third floor. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Police and paramedics were also called to the scene.
A statement from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services said negotiators went to work on the safe release of the corrections officer. He was released and taken to Lake of the Woods District Hospital for assessment around 4:30 p.m. Friday.
It is not yet known which inmates were involved, or if charges have been laid. At the Kenora OPP detachment, Insp. Jeff Duggan said by email the "investigation is ongoing."
Meetings have been taking place today at the jail, in response to yesterday's incidents.
Management has reserved comment on the issue, and a member from the union representing the corrections officers pointed the public to the gofundme page, noting Tsentouros was home from the hospital.
In 2013, the operational capacity of the Kenora Jail was listed at 159 beds. At that time, there were 137 inmates, with 111 males and 26 females.
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