Gabriela Dawson is a candidate on Truck '81, a former paramedic in Ambulance 61 and one of the main characters of Chicago Fire.
Dawson tends to quickly lose her temper, a behaviour regularly getting her in trouble with her hierarchy.
During season 1 and most of the season 2, Dawson was the paramedic in charge of Ambulance 61. In season 2, she got finally accepted to the Chicago fire Academy, 6 years after her application. She failed her physical test by several seconds after spreading her ankle. While on training she met another woman student, Rebecca Jones. Dawson caught Jones cheating during a written test and started disliking her. Jones passed the exams and was assigned as candidate on Truck 81. Finally, the two started to get along after Dawson discovered that Jones' father was against her career choice and wanted to transfered his daughter to an administrative employment. When Jones comitted suicide she left a letter to Dawson who was deeply affected by it.
Thanks to her boyfriend Matthew Casey making a call, she was able to retake her physical exam a few months later. In season 3 she passed the exam and is currently assigned as candidate on Truck 81.
She has a brother, Intelligence Unit detective Antonio Dawson.
She co-owns a bar called "Molly's" with Christopher Herrmann, Otis and Leslie Shay. After saving the precedent owner from a fire in the bar, Herrmann came up with the idea of buying the business and looked for co-owners. Otis and Dawson accepted to join on this project. They soon discovered that the place came with a passive associate, Arthur. He wanted at first 25% of the benefits but Herrmann managed to lower the new associate's part to 1%. Arthur is revealed later to be a mobster under the watch of the undercover detective Jay Halstead. Knowing at first neither his undercover assignment nor his relations with Arthur, Dawson started a romantic relationship with him until he decided to join the Intelligence Unit.
She has a close friendship with her co-worker Leslie Shay. The two have been seen together often and are one another's support both on and off the job. Gabriela often shares what has been deemed 'eye-sex' with Shay and there has been speculation about their feelings for one another. They have aquired the ship name 'Shawson' which is a mash-up of their surnames. This relationship takes a turn in the second season after a traumatic case sends Shay into a self-destructive phase in which she pursues a party-hard woman that she met at a party. Shay stops communicating with Gabriela, and even goes so far as to transfer out of District 51.
Dawson has an HUGE crush on Matthew Casey. This relationship comes to a semi-climax at her family Christmas party, to which Dawson brings Casey as a 'casual' date. He appears to have shown interest in her only to kiss her on the cheak when she goes to kiss him.
She shares a love of cooking with Peter Mills. The two's relationship slowly declines and Mills appears to develop a hatred on her. The pair share a home cooked meal, supposedly as friends, but it turns into something more. In the 'morning after' scene, Mills says that he won't tell any of their colleagues, because what happened was between them only. They appear to continute the secret relationship, as Gabriela comes to like Mills more and more. Then Gabriela decides it is best if the two come out as a couple.
After remaining with Mills for most of the remainder of season 1, Gabriela has yet to forget her feelings for Casey. Mills notices these persistent feelings and confronts Gabriela, asking her to deny her feelings for Casey. She admits that she cannot do this: it would be a lie. In Season 2, Mills moves on, and Gabriela temporarily dates an undercover cop, though her relationship with Casey continues to grow. She helps him take care of a couple of children left in his charge, and their friendship grows more. This friendship blazes into a full-on romance by the end of the episode Rhymes With Shout. The ship name for Casey and Dawson is Dawsey. In Real Never Waits Casey proposed to Gabriela, but before she can answer out loud, the alarm sounds.
== Dawson saves a young girl in a possibly dangerous procedure. Though the procedure succeeds in saving the girl's life, Gabriela gets into legal trouble concerning her level of training and her ability to have performed that procedure safely. A known hot-head, her temper get the best of her and nearly costs her her job. Dawson has a "Wall of Fame" in her kitchen which is seen in the episode It Ain't Easy. This wall features pictures of Mills and her nieces and nephews. Casey seems to be jealous of the picture of Peter so proposes that the two take a picture to put up on the wall of fame. Casey takes his phone out and snaps a shot and the two share a moment soon after the photograph is taken. Dawson is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! == Gabriela is in a serious accident in the rear of her ambulance with her partner Leslie Shay. The two are injured, but Shay much more severely so. Dawson is distraught and worries for her as she is admitted to hospital while still unconscious. She later visits Shay in the hospital and the two have a short but sweet conversation before being interrupted by Kelly Severide .
- "If saving a girl's life is a crime, then the wrong damn people are making the rules around here."
- "5 min break"
(some Guy)"I need you to remember what happen to the best of your ability"
(Dawson)"Like what that if I kicked a belligerent jack ass with one foot or two"
(Dawson)"I'm sleeping with Mills"
(Shay)"I knew it, you skank you kept it from me this whole time"
(Dawson)"We agreed to keep it cool at work"
|Season 1 Appearances|
|"Pilot"||"Mon Amour"||"Professional Courtesy"||"One Minute"||"Hanging On"|
|"Rear View Mirror"||"Two Families"||"Leaving the Station"||"It Ain't Easy"||"Merry Christmas, Etc."|
|"God Has Spoken"||"Under the Knife"||"Warm and Dead"||"A Little Taste"||"Nazdarovya!"|
|"Viral"||"Better to Lie"||"Fireworks"||"A Coffin That Small"||"Ambition"|
|"Retaliation Hit"||"Leaders Lead"||"Let Her Go"||"A Hell of a Ride"|
|Season 3 Appearances|
|"Always"||"Wow Me"||"Just Drive the Truck"|