Two employees at the Fort Frances Jail received an Award for Exceptional Bravery and praise from the minister of Correctional Services on Wednesday for their actions during the June 29 standoff here.
Corrections officer Shane McDonald and Operational Manager Larry Tucker received the award during a ceremony at the Bell Cairn Staff Development Centre in Hamilton.
During the 19-hour hostage-taking situation at the jail, McDonald successfully fended off a prisoner attack to alert fellow correctional officers before barricading himself in a room for safety.
Tucker managed to barricade himself in an office from where he called police. Although he had a chance to get out of the building, he chose to stay close by to help his fellow officers.
“On behalf of the people of Fort Frances, I am pleased to congratulate Shane McDonald and Larry Tucker for their courage and expertise in handling this difficult situation,” said Correctional Services minister Rob Sampson.
The standoff ended peacefully when the two inmates believed behind it surrendered to police.
McDonald and Tucker were among eight people who received a bravery award for their actions at Ontario correctional facilities. Awards also were given out for humanitarian service, contribution to the field of corrections, and volunteer service.
“There are many employees and volunteers within the Ministry of Correctional Services whose dedication and personal commitment to safeguarding our communities goes above and beyond the call of duty,” said Sampson.
“I am honoured to recognize these individuals for their courage and caring.”