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'Chicago Fire' actor helps real firefighters save tourists

'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.


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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ozalot April 04 2014 at 9:29 AM

Good job! "Real" people depended on you and you cam thru!

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Delilah April 04 2014 at 4:15 AM

He would be an amazing firefighter!

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Frank Felly April 04 2014 at 3:11 AM

Way to go Jesse!!!

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GAMMASLOTH April 04 2014 at 2:44 AM

I Love Chicago Fire hope for many more seasons to come.

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Lisa April 04 2014 at 1:13 AM

I think it is sad that he is a "HERO" For helping to get people out of an elevator. Yet the real fire fighters that risk their lives daily to save thousands over this country never get any recognition for their heroism. I don't in any way see that this guy is a hero in any way.

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snowball1251 April 04 2014 at 1:21 AM

The word HERO is used to often to discribe something a person does these days.
A real hero is someone who risks his or her live for someone else.

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GEORGE April 04 2014 at 10:35 AM

The headline says "save" tourists. Are you kidding me? Not to put down this guy for helping out, but this was not a lifethreating situation. Just an inconvienence.
And to imply that he's a "hero" is just wrong. This is just blown way out of proporation because he's some actor.
Save the Hero status for the real ones that deserve it.

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Lisa April 04 2014 at 10:36 AM

Elevators are required to have emergency phones. They are connected to outside phone lines (not the internal board). There was no reason to need a cell phone to call out. I'm not saying he wasn't smart, helpful and everything else. He's just not a hero. Can we save that honorific for those who actually deserve it?

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Jack April 04 2014 at 9:59 AM

what a great story, amazing isn't it, some people really do care

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SallySunshine April 04 2014 at 9:44 AM

Yea, he's adorable...the men behind him are okay too.

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scollegeville3 SallySunshine April 04 2014 at 10:21 AM

*****

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