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Joe Prevett's funeral expected to draw hundreds of officers

The funeral for 50-year-old Joe Prevett, a Thunder Bay police constable who collapsed during a police canine training exercise near Gravenhurst, will be held on Thursday, police officials say.
Constable Joe Prevett with his former police service dog, Thunder, in December 2013. Prevett, who died on Wednesday, leaves behind a wife and family. (Josh Lynn/CBC)

The funeral for 50-year-old Joe Prevett, a Thunder Bay police constable who collapsed during a police canine training exercise near Gravenhurst earlier this week, will be held on May 15, police officials say.

Prevett died this past Wednesday at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, where he had been taken following his collapse. Thunder Bay police report the cause of death was coronary artery disease — a medical condition that was not detected prior to his death, they added in a statement Friday.

The funeral arrangements for Thursday are:

  • Officers will march from 1805 East Arthur St. (old Provincial Court) to St. Patrick's Cathedral at 211 Archibald St. (March begins at 10:15 a.m.).
  • Funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral (Begins at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Formal reception at the main ballroom of the Valhalla Inn following the service.
  • Interment will occur at a later date.


Thunder Bay police said it's likely more than 500 police officers from across North America will attend the funeral, and numerous police K-9 officers and their police dogs will also participate.

Police noted in the press release that charitable donations are encouraged in lieu of flowers. Those donations can be made to the Thunder Bay District Humane Society and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Foundation - Cardiac Care Unit.

Prevett was featured in a CBC News article in December, 2013, when his police dog "Thunder" retired after 10 years of service.

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