05/07/2014 03:03 EDT | Updated 07/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Thunder Bay police officer dies while away at training exercise

A Thunder Bay police officer has died while away at a K-9 training exercise near Gravenhurst, Ont.

Police say Constable Joseph [Joe] Prevett, 50, collapsed at about 10:45 this morning while participating in an Ontario Provincial Police training course with his new police service dog, Timber. Prevett was rushed to hospital in medical distress and died a short time later. 

The Ministry of Labour and the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the death.

Thunder Bay police made the announcement with "profound sadness" in a news release Thursday afternoon. 

Prevett was a police service dog handler with the police service's Emergency Task Unit. He joined the Thunder Bay Police Service in 2003 and began his policing career in 1998 with Peel Regional Police.

He leaves behind a wife and family.

"Constable Prevett was a valued member of the Thunder Bay Police Service," the news release said. "He will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and serving with him."

Funeral arrangements are pending. A special Facebook page will be set up by the Thunder Bay Police Service to receive condolences and provide information for funeral/memorial arrangements.