Monica Raymund is leaving 'Chicago Fire': 'It's time for me to move on'

The flame has gone out on Dawsey. Monica Raymund, who has played Gabriela Dawson on NBC’s Chicago Fire since its 2012 debut, announced on Tuesday, May 15, that she will not return to the drama for season 7.

In the handwritten note posted to Twitter, the actress, 31, wrote: “It has been an honor to play Dawson on Chicago Fire and one of the most meaningful experience of my life. I am so thankful for the journey and especially to all of you for watching, but I have made the decision that it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter in life. I’ll always be proud to have played a fierce paramedic with such an incredible cast and crew. On to the next! See you on the ice. Love, Monica.”

Season 6 ended with Dawson taking a job offer in Puerto Rico, causing fans to wonder if she’d be back. Following the finale, Us Weekly spoke exclusively to Jesse Spencer, who plays Dawson’s husband Matt Casey on the show, and he admitted that he’d like to see his character single.

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CHICAGO FIRE -- 'The Grand Gesture' Episode 623 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'One For The Ages' Episode 622 -- Pictured: (l-r) Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'The Unrivaled Standard' Episode 621 -- Pictured: (l-r) Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'Where I Want To Be' Episode 619 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'The F is For' Episode 612 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'Put White On Me' Episode 617 -- Pictured: Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'The Whole Point of Being Roommates' Episode 608 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'A Breaking Point' Episode 604 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ariel Felix as Jamael, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- Season: 6 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: John Tsiavis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'It Wasn't Enough' Episode 601 -- Pictured: (l-r) Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson, Vanessa Lynch as Little Girl, Kara Kilmer as Sylvie Brett, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'My Miracle' Episode 522 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'Take A Knee' Episode 518 -- Pictured: Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'Take A Knee' Episode 518 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
CHICAGO FIRE -- 'Babies & Fools' Episode 517 -- Pictured: (l-r) Monica Raymund as Gabriela Dawson, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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“I think they do [belong together]. They’ve always been playing toward that. But just because I think they do, things happen in life,” he said on our Watch With Us podcast. “That’s the sadness of it, but I think they know that they’re a good couple together and they’ve been through a lot. It’d be sad to see something like a baby comes up, they can’t figure out or move around or work together on … it is kind of tragic.”

He continued: “If the relationship couldn’t last, then it would be good for Casey to be single and focus on being a firefighter again. I think, taking time to take a step back from relationships and to gather himself again … they’ve seen a lot of tragedy so they’re good at picking up the pieces and moving on. I’d like to see Casey be a single guy and really focus on his job and do what he does best.”

Chicago Fire is set to return to NBC in the fall.

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