Chicago Fire: Jimmy Nicholas reacts to Hawkins death on Twitter

CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Right Thing" Episode 1004 -- Pictured: Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "The Right Thing" Episode 1004 -- Pictured: Jimmy Nicholas as Chief Hawkins -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

This is a tough one. Chief Evan Hawkins was an instantly likable presence on Chicago Fire, and his romance with Violet (Hanako Greensmith) was one of the most charming aspects of the last few seasons. Who didn’t want to see them make it?

We should’ve known things get dangerous when it looks like it’s going well. Weeks after Hawkins and Violet were able to make their relationship public, the former dies trying to save a victim from a burning building. Even worse, Violet is the medic who desperately tries to revive him.

It was devastating to watch, and will likely be devastating Fire fans for a long time.

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The reaction to the Hawkins death has been one of frustration and sadness, as many felt he was one of the best additions to show ever. There’s been an outpouring of support for Hawkins as a character and a romantic partner for Violet.

This outpouring was not lost on the actor who plays Hawkins, Jimmy Nicholas. While he did a top notch job of keeping quiet when it came to his exit, Nicholas tweeted out a thank you to all of the fans who supported him and continue to show love despite him no longer being a part of the show.

“You all are so unbelievably kind”, the actor wrote. “I feel truly spoiled and incredibly grateful.” In true One Chicago form, the tweet was met with even more adulation, and fans saying that they wish they had gotten more time with Hawkins.

In truth, this could be the most devastating death that fans have had to deal with since Otis (Yuri Sardarov). In both instances, characters who had steadily risen up the ranks to become a favorite died suddenly and violently. It would have been great to see more of Hawkins and Violet happy, but as a storytelling decision, it makes sense.

Chicago Fire has always done a good job of reminding us how dangerous the job can be, and how death can snatch a radiant personality in the blink of an eye.

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