Christopher Herrmann (David Eigenberg) is a stand up guy. The Chicago Fire veteran has always put the safety of human lives above everything else, but his heroic code sometimes clashes with the clinical rules of the city and its representatives.
Herrmann may have taken things a step too far in the season 10 episode “Head Count”. The firefighter decided to call in a second ambulance to an accident when he was told the first was going to take too long to arrive. Rather than follow protocol and wait, he acted and saved the life of a child who was trapped under car wreckage.
The repercussions of Herrmann’s actions has led some fans to question whether the firefighter is winding down his time at Firehouse 51. Could his increasingly jaded stance on legal red tape lead him to retire, or transfer to another station?
Is David Eigenberg leaving Chicago Fire?
The subplot involving Herrmann was the latest in a string of clues that actor David Eigenberg might be looking for an exit. It was recently confirmed that he would be reprising his role as Steve Brady on the Sex and the City reboot, which went into production at the same time as Chicago Fire.
Thankfully, Eigenberg isn’t leaving anytime soon. The actor confirmed that he would make the necessary accommodations to fit both shows into his schedule, and he even went as far as to say that Chicago Fire was his top priority. “My soul is here in Chicago with Chicago Fire,” he told Us Weekly. “With the stories here and my colleagues.”
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That being said, the fate of Herrmann’s character remains unclear. Because he shouldered all of the blame for the ambulance incident, Boden (Eamonn Walker) was forced to give him a severe citation. The chief explained that a citation like this could keep Herrmann from getting promotions in the future, but the wily veteran asserted that it was a small price to pay to save a child’s life.
Herrmann seems to be at peace with his decision and his position at Firehouse 51. The only real thing that plagued him during the episode was the fear that the child wouldn’t make it. He was visibly shaken by the close call, and this concern for the “little ones” being put in danger may be something he’s faced with again in season 10.
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