John Tsentouros is speaking out. He was the corrections officer involved in a hostage-taking at the Kenora Jail on Friday September 14. 

"On Sept 14th 2018, I went to work just like every other day. The events that unfolded were horrific & brought upon unimaginable grief & terror to so many people.

I will respectfully reserve comment with regards to the seemingly never-ending amount of ignorance & mis-information that a tragic event like this produces.

I want everyone to know that I have slowly starting the healing process & begun reaching out for help. I am struggling at times, but I will be relentless with my recovery efforts.

I am completely overwhelmed with everyone who has taken the time to reach out to my family & I. I’m uncomfortable with the amount of attention but I know it comes with good intentions and from a place of love.

To all CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS in Ontario:I hear all of you & am so grateful for your messages of hope. Thank you for reminding me that the Sea of Blue is behind me.

To the Ministry Staff who converged to Kenora: The speed in which you were mobilized was incredible. Thank you to the men & women from Fort Frances, Thunder Bay & the surrounding region.

To all EMS, ERT, O.P.P & Firefighters who arrived on the scene: Thank you for the amazing work you do everyday.

To the staff @ The LWDH: Thank you for thorough & compassionate care.

To my Crossfit Family: Thank you for providing me a place of refugee to focus on healing & growing strong again.

To all the Management, Sergeants, Support Staff, Nurses, & most importantly: MY BROTHERS & SISTERS @ The Kenora Jail: You were all right there with me in my darkest hours. Your love & strength have given me the hope to get past this. You & ONLY YOU truly understand the kind of dangerous world we choose to face everyday. I continue to keep all of you in my thoughts & prayers as your journey towards healing continues. 

Rule #1: EVERYONE GOES HOME

Please forgive me for anyone I have failed to mention.

To my Mom & Dad, my brother & my 2 sisters, and my entire extended family: Thank you for taking care of my family while I recover. None of this would be possible without strong family support, & I know my family is the strongest 

To my soulmate Daniela, I am so sorry you have to endure this pain with me. Your unconditional & unwavering love is the foundation in which I will rebuild our world. I promise.

I am facing this unknown future head on, with the love & support of my bride & daughters, and my family & friends.

“My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Greg Flood, said the public's safety wasn't in jeopardy, as a result of the incidents at the jail.

The identities of the inmates involved haven't been released.

A small fire had been extinguished, before the firefighters arrived, and no further action was required.

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