3 Chicago Fire characters who almost died on the job

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Hot and Fast" Episode 1016 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Andy Allo as Seager -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Hot and Fast" Episode 1016 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, Andy Allo as Seager -- (Photo by: Adrian S. Burrows Sr./NBC) /

Chicago Fire shows us death-defying rescues on a weekly basis. There are so many serious situations that the characters have to deal with that it can almost become easy to ignore just how insane and frightening some of them are.

The thing that grounds us, of course, and reminds us of the severity of these situations, is the fact that characters die on the show. They burn up, or get caught in an explosion, or the wreckage of a crumbling building. You name it, and we’ve likely seen depicted it at some point.

In the interest of optimism, though, we’ve decided to single out three characters who had a brush with death but managed to come out the other side in one piece.

Did Stella Kidd die on Chicago Fire?

This one should be fresh in people’s memories, since it happened this season. Kidd (Miranda Rae Mayo) was forced to handle a bomb threat in which the explosive device was lodged in the leg of the victim. She managed to take it out but she wasn’t able to disarm it, and wound up getting caught in the aftermath.

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Kidd was recovered from the rubble, but she was bleeding underneath her gear, as she had caught shrapnel in her stomach/chest. She was rushed into surgery, where she made a full recovery, but it really did seem like things were touch and go for a second. She still has a large scar to remind her.

Did Joe Cruz die on Chicago Fire?

Cruz (Joe Minoso) is pretty fearless when it comes to rescue missions, but after he nearly drowned during the season 10 premiere, it was clear he had lost a step. He froze up while on the job, and was suddenly overcome by the realization that the next 51 call might be his last. It was a tough thing to see the character go through, but he was ultimately able to overcome it.

Cruz ran some drills with Severide (Taylor Kinney) and was able to get back to being the fearless guy we knew him to be. This uncertainty on the job hasn’t appeared, nor has it been mentioned since, so it looks like he made a full recovery.

Did Severide die on Chicago Fire?

Severide is getting lots of attention as of late because we’re all waiting to see how he will be written (temporarily) out of season 11. While death seems like a far-fetched solution, he has had some close calls in the past, like in the season 3 episode “I Am the Apocalypse”.

The episode, which served as the backdoor pilot for Chicago Med, saw Severide fall several stories off a ladder and lose consciousness. It was a nasty fall, and he was rushed into surgery at Gaffney as a result. Things get tense in the operating room, when it’s unclear if Severide will come to, but he eventually does, providing fans with an enormous sigh of relief.

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