9 jaw-dropping Chicago Fire, Med and PD deaths that left us heartbroken

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) /
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CHICAGO P.D. — “Politics” Episode 508 — Pictured: Elias Koteas as Alvin Olinsky — (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein/NBC) /

Most shocking Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago Fire deaths

Over the course of its cumulative 20+ seasons, the One Chicago franchise shows of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD have seen their fair share of cast departures.

While some characters simply walked away from the job with the door left wide open for them to return, others weren’t quite as lucky in meeting a more grim fate.

Across the three One Chicago series, you never know how a character’s storyline might end and the franchise has kept us on our toes in delivering some truly emotional goodbyes in the form of heartbreaking character deaths.

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Saying goodbye to a beloved character is never easy, especially when the franchise does such a good job at developing said characters and making audiences fall in love with them. So when a character is killed off without any notice, we can’t help but to turn on the waterworks and enjoy a good ugly cry moment.

Which character deaths hit us hardest and left us ugly crying as we attempted to process things in the moment? Let’s take a look at the nine most heartbreaking One Chicago character deaths so far!

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

How did Hawkins die on Chicago Fire?

In Chicago Fire season 11 episode 3, “Completely Shattered,” 51 is called to a movie theater fire that quickly gets out of hand. Heading into the episode we were told someone would not make it out alive, which had fans panicking over which member of 51 could be in danger. Little did we know it was Chief Evan Hawkins who we needed to be worried about.

When Hawkins showed up on the scene to assist with coordinating triage, we didn’t think anything of his presence — after all, the teaser suggested it was someone inside the fire that wouldn’t make it. Instead, it was Hawkins who ended up being the one to perish in the most unexpected of ways.

After 51’s crews made it out of the fire safely our attention shifted to Hawkins who noticed an elderly man stumbling out the door. He quickly rushed to his side in an attempt to help him to safety which was when the building collapsed upon the two. While Hawkins was able to save the life of the elderly many, he died doing so dying from injuries sustained when the building collapsed upon him.

Why it Made Us Ugly Cry: Where do we even begin?! From the moment we first met Hawkins, we quickly fell in love with the Paramedic Chief and that love only continued to grow as we got to know the character even more. Then came the unexpected pairing of Hawkins and Violet in what we can only describe as a whirlwind romance.

The two quickly stole our hearts and became one of the show’s most beloved couplings. Fans couldn’t get enough of the two and it looked like we’d get to finally see them enjoy being a couple after the truth about their secret romance came out at the end of season 10.

Instead, Hawkins died right in front of Violet in a truly shocking and unexpected manner. When the building collapsed upon him, our hearts sank as we knew the worst was coming. But the moment that sent us truly spiraling was having to watch Violet process the loss of Hawkins in a devastating sequence in which Hanako Greensmith delivered a truly flawless performance.