'Chicago Fire' actor helps real firefighters save tourists

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'Chicago Fire' Actor Helps Real Firefighters Save Tourists

'Chicago Fire' star Jesse Spencer is used to playing the hero, but he became one in real life - or at least gave the real guys an assist - when he helped firefighters save tourists in a trapped elevator at the Illinois State Capitol Sunday.
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CHICAGO FIRE -- 'Top Dog: Smokey' -- Pictured: (l-r) Jacksonville Fire Lt. Todd Warrick, Smokey, Jesse Spencer -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: (L-R) Todd Warrick, Smokey, and cast members Jesse Spencer and Lauren German attend 'Top Dog' Winner Makes Cameo On 'Chicago Fire' on April 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: (L-R) Cast member Jesse Spencer, Smokey the dog, Todd Warrick, and cast member Lauren German attend 'Top Dog' Winner Makes Cameo On 'Chicago Fire'on April 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: Cast member Jesse Spencer attends 'Top Dog' Winner Makes Cameo On 'Chicago Fire' on April 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: Jesse Spencer appears in advance of a panel discussion at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, IL on February 19, 2014 (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: Cast member Jesse Spencer attends 'Top Dog' Winner Makes Cameo On 'Chicago Fire' on April 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Jesse Spencer poses in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jesse Spencer arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Spencer was with his parents and a group of 30 others when they got stuck in an elevator for nearly 45 minutes. Some of Spencer's fellow passenger recognized him from the show, but others thought he was a real firefighter. He was, after all, wearing a baseball cap with a firefighter emblem on it.
Spencer decided to use his on-set skills to good use by keeping everybody calm and prying open the doors so that some air could flow in. The crack in the door also allowed him to regain service so he could call 911.

'Admin wouldn't call the fire department, they wanted to call the elevator mechanic, but we didn't know how long he was going to be and people were starting to freak out, so I managed to get the doors open.'

The Springfield fire captain says Spencer did everything right.

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