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The Most Heartbreaking Moment From Chicago Fire Season 1

When you watch a show like "Chicago Fire," you have to be ready for anything. Characters come and go all the time, and while some choose to walk away from this stressful profession, others lose their lives in the process. It's not always a matter of life and death for the firefighters of Firehouse 51. From stabbings to worrisome medical diagnoses, the team at Firehouse 51 can never seem to catch a break. It's part of what makes it such captivating television, but just because it's fiction doesn't mean viewers aren't invested in what happens in these characters' lives.

And "Chicago Fire" didn't waste any time throwing viewers into the deep end. While there are plenty of heartbreaking moments from throughout the series to choose from, Season 1 certainly isn't short on them. In fact, there's one moment, in particular, that has likely seared its way into audiences' minds to where they won't soon forget it.

Hallie's death hit fans hard

Hallie (Teri Reeves) is introduced in the pilot episode of "Chicago Fire." She's a physician, and when we're introduced to her, she's engaged to Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer). They have their share of problems throughout Season 1, and they eventually break up due to their hectic work schedules. They stayed friends, and eventually, they picked their romance back up, but it simply wasn't meant to be in the world of "Chicago Fire."

Hallie stumbled upon one of her colleagues selling medication to drug dealers. To prevent her from going to the authorities, a fire is staged by the perpetrators. Hallie's pronounced dead at the hospital, but they're able to uncover that she died prior to the fire. It sets off a search to find the person responsible for her demise. 

This was a shocking moment for fans because it demonstrated how no one was safe. Years after the character's death, fans are still reeling, as evidenced from posts on Twitter like "Hallie Thomas deserved better" from @Stellaride3 in 2021. She may not have been on the show for long, but she was around for enough time for audiences to like her and feel devastated when she was gone.