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Firefighter Assaulted While Responding to Call

September 9, 2021

A North Bay firefighter was assaulted with an edged weapon while responding to a fire alarm at a residence in the 0-100 block of Marshall Avenue, North Bay.

At approximately 6:40AM on Thursday, September 9, 2021, members of the North Bay Police Service responded to reports that a firefighter with the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services had been assaulted while responding to a fire alarm at a residence in the 0-100 block of Marshall Ave.

Responding officers arrested Roberta HOOKIMAW, female, age 35 of North Bay, and charged her with:

  • One count of Aggravated Assault
  • One count of Assault with a Weapon
  • One count of Mischief
  • One count of False Alarm of Fire

HOOKIMAW is alleged to have damaged areas of the first and second floor of the residence and triggered a fire alarm on the second floor. No fire was located upon arrival of the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services.

HOOKIMAW is alleged to have assaulted the firefighter with an edged weapon and also assaulted a second victim at the residence with a piece of debris. The firefighter was transported to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries where he was treated and subsequently discharged. The second victim was treated on-site for minor injuries.

“Events like these demonstrate the dangers first responders face every day of their working lives,” said North Bay Fire Chief, Jason Whiteley. “Whether they are firefighters, police, or EMS, all first responders are exposed to significant risks to their physical safety and mental health simply by doing their jobs. Facing challenges like these head-on is one of the many reasons I am so proud of my team at North Bay Fire and Emergency Services and all the first responders we work with every day.”

HOOKIMAW is currently in custody awaiting a hearing at the North Bay Courthouse.