Josh Bluemeke's a jail guard in Sudbury, and he didn't hesitate to offer his support, after he heard about incidents at the Kenora Jail yesterday.
"That's the last thing you want to hear is -- any hostage situation -- but especially when there's an officer involved," he said this morning.
The officer was taken hostage around 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Inmates had also lit a small fire, which was extinguished.
The officer was released about two hours later and taken to hospital for assessment. He's back home today with his family.
In a social media note, the family has expressed thanks for the outpouring of support, but asked for privacy as they recover.
In a short interview earlier today, Bluemeke said he was on edge, after hearing the news of a hostage taking.
"We received word on what was happening in Kenora, so all the northern teams were put on stand-by," he said, noting he's part of an emergency response team.
"We were tracking the situation pretty closely. Thankfully, it was resolved without anybody getting seriously hurt," Bluemeke added.
Earlier today, he noted the Sudbury corrections team pooled together a donation in support of the officer's family.
"Everyone was more than willing. In corrections, it's a big extended family. It doesn't matter if you're all the way in Kenora or you're down in the Niagara region. We're all brothers and sisters," Bluemeke said.
Earlier today, there were words of support and donations from across the province, as well as officers as far away as Edmonton.
A gofundme page was created overnight, and it had raised about $5,000 by noon today.
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