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Leslie Elizabeth Shay was a Fire Paramedic on Ambulance 61 and was one of the main characters of Chicago Fire. In May of 2014, Shay was killed in the line of duty following a building fire.


Born - 1978


Leslie and Kelly Severide are roommates. She tries to help Severide with an injury, but it begins to break down their friendship, to the point where Shay threatens to move out. The two have a strong bond, however, and despite the hardships endured by them both they manage to stay good friends. After Clarice takes the deal from her husband and his lawyer to move to New York to be with the child she leaves Shay heartbroken once more. Shay wants a child and asks Severide if he will be the father after failing to find a suitable sperm donor. It is suspected that they do harbour a slight attraction towards one another, but not much as Shay stands for herself as a lesbian. She starts supplying her roommate Kelly Severide with painkiller drugs for his injury, potentially risking her career. She is almost discovered for this when there is a report that a bag of said drugs had gone missing.

She regularly pushes for Kelly to see a doctor about his arm, and when she discovers the true nature of his problem, prompts him to tell Chief Boden because of its severity and potential risks for both himself and his colleagues.

She is in a serious car (ambulance) accident with Gabriela Dawson when oncoming traffic rams into the rear of the stationary vehicle. Shay is seriously injured and requires hospital treatment.

Leslie is a lesbian, something Peter Mills discovered when the other firefighters tricked him into making a pass at her. She was previously in a three-year relationship with a woman named Clarice, who eventually left her only to marry and have a child with a wealthy man. This seems to have instigated the commitment issues her coworker Gabriela observed in her.

Gabriela Dawson is her fellow paramedic at the firehouse. They are often seen together and have expericenced pivotal plot moments together, such as the ambulance accident. They are very close and there is speculation that they may harbor an attraction towards one another. They comfort and help each other in many situations which is a testament to their strong friendship.

In "Real Never Waits", Chief Boden's wedding ceremony is interrupted when Firehouse 51 is called to a building fire. After following Squad Co. 3 inside, Shay and Dawson find an injured man and begin administering care. Moments after switching places, a large explosion occurs. Shay is injured by debris and dies despite an aggressive resuscitation effort by Dawson.

Memorable QuotesEdit

  • (To Mills): "Peter Mills, are you gay?" "Because I am."
  • (To Dawson): "It's not too late to switch teams."
  • (To Herrmann): "We heard you represented Herrmann."
  • (To Kelly about Clarice): "Turns out, I may have overestimated her lesbianism."
  • (To Dawson)): "What I can't eat a sandwich?"
  • (To Clarice's Husband): "I sympathize with what you're going through and I wish I hadn't been brought into this but if you keep coming at me like your coming at me, I'm gonna tell you to kiss my ass in two seconds."
  • (To Clarice): "You don't get to come back married and pregnant, saying that you miss me. You walked away, you broke my heart."


She joined the Chicago Fire Department from the St. Louis Missouri Department.


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 2 Appearances
"A Problem House" "Prove It" "Defcon 1" "A Nuisance Call" "A Power Move"
"Joyriding" "No Regrets" "Rhymes With Shout" "You Will Hurt Him" "Not Like This"
"Shoved In My Face" "Out With A Bang" "Tonight's The Night" "Virgin Skin" "Keep Your Mouth Shut"
"A Rocket Blasting Off" "When Things Got Rough" "Until Your Feet Leave the Ground" "A Heavy Weight" "A Dark Day"
"One More Shot" "Real Never Waits"
Season 3 Appearances
"Always" "Wow Me" "Just Drive the Truck" "Apologies Are Dangerous" "The Nuclear Option"
"Madmen And Fools" "Nobody Touches Anything" "Chopper" "Arrest in Transit" "Santa Bites"
"Let Him Die" "Ambush Predator" "Three Bells" "Call It Paradise" "Headlong Toward Disaster"
"Red Rag the Bull"

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