Chicago Fire has some veterans in its firehouse. There’s Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker), Herrmann (David Eigenberg) and Mouch (Christian Stolte), each of whom have fought fires and saved lives for decades.
Given that 63 is the compulsory retirement age for Chicago firefighters, we thought we’d take a look at the current trajectories of these three characters, and whether or not retirement will be discussed in Chicago Fire season 12.
Who is leaving Chicago Fire?
Firstly, there’s Mouch, will is fighting for his life in the hospital and has already thought about retirement once before (when he had a heart attack). The character has been through a lot as of late, and we wouldn’t be surprised if he thinks about stepping back given how dangerous life on the job can be.
Mouch turned 60 in season 11, so he still has a few years to go before retirement is enforced, but expect to hear the topic come up as a possibility within season 12’s first couple of episodes. Then there’s Herrmann, who’s faced with an equally precarious situation. The character’s wife, Cindy (Robyn Coffin), is battling lung cancer, which means there’s a decent chance that he will have to raise their children alone in the upcoming years.
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There are some obvious perks to still working, like when it was revealed that Herrmann has been collecting gossip at work to tell Cindy, but he has quite the large family to look after, so we could see a world in which he decides to take himself out of harm’s way for the sake of his kids’ future. We hope it doesn’t happen, but at 60 years old, Herrmann does have to consider these sorts of things.
Boden seems the least likely. He has a stable home life, and given his high ranking within the fire department, there’s not a lingering retirement age that he has to worry about confronting. We expect him to stick around for as long as the show is on the air.
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