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Gabriela Dawson
Gabriela Dawson
Full Name
Gabriela Dawson
Medical Aid Worker in Puerto Rico

Paramedic on Ambulance 61 (Formerly)

Firefighter on Truck 81 (Formerly)
Arson investigator (OFI) (Temporarily, Formerly)
Marital Status
Ramon Dawson (Father)

Camila Dawson (Mother)
Antonio Dawson (brother)
Laura Dawson (ex sister-in-law)
Eva Dawson (niece)
Diego Dawson (nephew)
Unborn Child (with Matthew Casey) †
Louie Thompson (former foster son)

Matthew Casey (ex-husband)
Nancy Casey (ex mother-in-law)
Christie Casey (ex sister-in-law)
Violet Casey (former niece)
Jay Halstead (ex-boyfriend/fling)
Peter Mills (ex-boyfriend)
Jake Cordova (ex-boyfriend)

Kelly Severide (Good friend)
Leslie Shay (best friend) †
Sylvie Brett (old friend)
Stella Kidd (old friend)

Christopher Herrmann (father figure)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, (guest starring in 7 and 8)
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
139 episodes (see below)
Portrayed by

Gabriela Dawson was a Paramedic on Ambulance 61 and the former Candidate of Truck 81. Gabriela was the wife of Matthew Casey. She was one of the main characters of Chicago Fire as a paramedic in charge (PIC) on Ambulance 61. She is now assigned to Puerto Rico to help give medical attention to the needed.


Gabriela Dawson is the daughter of Ramon and Camila Dawson and the younger sister of Chicago PD Intelligence Unit detective Antonio Dawson. She tends to quickly lose her temper, a behavior regularly getting her in trouble with her hierarchy.

During the first two seasons, Dawson was the Paramedic in Charge (PIC) of Ambulance 61. In Season 2, she was accepted to the Chicago Fire Academy, where she initially failed her physical agility test by several seconds after spraining her ankle. While at the academy, she met Rebecca Jones. Dawson caught Jones cheating during a written examination and took a disliking to her. Jones eventually graduated from the academy and was assigned to Truck 81 as a firefighter candidate. The two started to get along after Dawson discovered that Jones' father, a chief officer, was against her career choice and wanted her transferred to an administrative position. When Jones committed suicide, she left a letter to Dawson, who was deeply affected by it.

After making a call, Casey is successful in getting Dawson readmitted to the academy to retake her physical agility test. In Season 2, she graduated from the academy and was assigned to Truck 81 as a firefighter candidate. She completed her candidacy on 81, and then became a firefighter. After taking in her foster son, Louie in Season 5, she decided to transfer back to the Ambulance.

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. In season 4 Dawson saves a boy Louie in a house fire and she wants to foster him, which causes tension between her and Casey. In Season 5, we see them happily enjoying family life together. In the episode "One Hundred", Casey and Dawson get married. In Season 5 Dawson and Casey see their foster son taken away and Dawson takes back Ambulance 61. They get divorced when Dawson leaves for Puerto Rico.



Leslie Shay

She had 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. This relationship takes a turn in the second season after a traumatic case caused Dawson to "accidentally" blame Shay and it sends her 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 Firehouse 51. However, Dawson tracks down Shay after she spirals into depression after a tough case and they rekindle their friendship. In the season 3 premiere Shay dies during an explosion from a head injury at the scene. She's deeply upset and disturbed by it which isn't initially shown until it's revealed that she's been going to the department's psychologist for a month. She reveals that she told Shay to switch places with her just before the explosion so Shay could get some PIC experience. She feels extremely guilty that if she hadn't told Shay to take her place, she wouldn't have died.


Her past relationships included Jake (probably Cordova), who cheated on Gabby with his highschool girlfriend, Logan, whose parents couldn't approve of a latino, Dr. Mike, who was about as romantic as a German teacher, and Jay Halstead. (in reference to Trading in Scuttlebutt)

Peter Mills

She shares a love of cooking with Peter Mills. 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 continue 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. They break up later on when she tells him about the affair between Boden and his mother since she didn't tell him for a long time despite knowing. They break up for good when Dawson is unable to tell him that she doesn't have feelings for Casey.

Matthew Casey

At the beginning of the series, Dawson had a huge crush on Matthew Casey. Gabriela often shares what has been deemed 'eye-sex' with Matt and there has been speculation about their feelings for one another. 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 cheek when she goes to kiss him.

Later on, in season 2, the two reconnect when Matt realizes his feelings for her. He turns up at her door one night and spends the night. After this, the two enter into a relationship. However their relationship enters trouble when Dawson trains go become a firefighter, before completing her training she realizes she will not be allowed to work under house 51. As Dawson prepares to transfer out of the house, on her last shift as paramedic, Leslie dies and her death causes Dawson to stay on as a paramedic for 6 weeks extra. Their romance progresses and Casey eventually asks Dawson to move in with him. They start looking for apartments but Dawson is dragging her feet.

In Real Never Waits, Casey proposes to Dawson at Boden's wedding. She doesn't have time to answer because a call comes in. He proposes again to her and she accepts. They can't get married and try to hide their relationship since Dawson works under Casey as a candidate and she can't be married to the leading Lieutenant.

In the Season 3 finale, it is revealed that she is pregnant with Casey's baby. At the beginning of season 4, Dawson experiences pains in her lower abdomen and is rushed into hospital. Matt meets her there and supports a confused Gabriela. The latter is rushed to surgery and Will Halstead informs Matt the pregnancy is not viable and that the baby doesn’t have a chance. When Gabby comes around, Matt proceeds to tell her this information. However, she doesn't seem fazed. It is shown that there is a problem with the surgery and a second one is needed to fix the mistakes. When Gabby comes around a second time this time realizes what had happened she breaks down and Matt supports her. In season 4, at the mid-season finale it is shown that Casey and Dawson are engaged and are more in love than ever. In Season 5, Dawson and Casey get married in order to make the adoption of their foster son, Louie, more credible instead of crediting Dawson as a single mother. They subsequently give up Louie to his real father. In Season 6, Casey is honored in a ceremony. He is shown to have survived the building fire. Towards the end of season 6, Dawson tell Casey she wants to try having children again. They do not divorce when it is discovered that Dawson has an aneurysm from her first pregnancy and therefore could die. She subsequently leaves in Season 7.

In season 8 Dawson makes a brief return for the mid-season finale, and invites Casey to visit her in Puerto Rico on his next furlough.


  • Skilled Fighter: Dawson claims to have been an undefeated boxer in high school as she was able to knock down Hermann with a single punch.
  • Highly skilled paramedic:

Memorable Quotes

  • , , . "If saving a child's life is now a criminal offense, then maybe it's your damn protocol that's out of wack and the wrong people are making the rules!"
  • "5 min break"
  • (Chief Hatcher to Dawson): "I need you to remember what happened to the best of your ability"
  • (Dawson to Chief Hatcher): "Like what? That I kicked a belligerent jackass with one foot or two?"
  • A Little Taste
    • (Dawson to Shay): "I'm sleeping with Mills"
    • (Shay to Dawson): "I knew it, you skank you kept it from me this whole time"
    • (Dawson to Shay): "We agreed to keep it cool at work"
    • (Dawson to Shay): Bitch, please
  • (Hermann to Dawson): "I'm going to make a firefighter out of you"
    • (Dawson to Hermann): "That's exactly what I want"
  • (Dawson to Borelli): "I swear to God if we run out of food, I am eating YOU first." (S04E11)
  • (Dawson to Casey): "You know who I am, you knew it when you married me, I haven't changed. It used to be the thing you loved about me." (S06E23)
  • (Dawson to Casey) "I've never known anyone as good as you, Matt Casey. I never will" (S07E01)
  • (Dawson to Casey): "There'll always be room for you in my tent, Matt Casey. (S08E09)


  • It was mentioned in A Problem House that Gabby has an Aunt who used to be a mystery shopper, going into bars and restaurants to test their customer services.
  • Gabby leaves in season 7 and returns briefly in the winter finale for season 8.


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" "Forgive You Anything" "Forgiving, Relentless, Unconditional" "I Am the Apocalypse" "You Know Where to Find Me"
"We Called Her Jellybean" "Category 5" "Spartacus"
Season 4 Appearances
"Let It Burn" "A Taste of Panama City" "I Walk Away" "Your Day Is Coming" "Regarding This Wedding"
"2112" "Sharp Elbows" "When Tortoises Fly" "Short and Fat" "The Beating Heart"
"The Path of Destruction" "Not Everyone Makes It" "The Sky Is Falling" "All Hard Parts" "Bad For the Soul"
"Two Ts" "What Happened to Courtney" "On the Warpath" "I Will Be Walking" "The Last One for Mom"
"Kind of a Crazy Idea" "Where the Collapse Started" "Superhero"
Season 5 Appearances
"The Hose or the Animal" "A Real Wake-Up Call" "Scorched Earth" "Nobody Else Is Dying Today" "I Held Her Hand"
"That Day" "Lift Each Other" "One Hundred" "Some Make It, Some Don't" "The People We Meet"
"Who Lives and Who Dies" "An Agent of the Machine" "Trading in Scuttlebutt" "Purgatory" "Deathtrap"
"Telling Her Goodbye" "Babies and Fools" "Take a Knee" "Carry Their Legacy" "Carry Me"
"Sixty Days" "My Miracle"
Season 6 Appearances
"It Wasn't Enough" "Ignite on Contact" "An Even Bigger Surprise" "A Breaking Point" "Devil's Bargain"
"Down Is Better" "A Man's Legacy" "The Whole Point of Being Roommates" "Foul Is Fair" "Slamigan"
"Law of the Jungle" "The F is For" "Hiding Not Seeking" "Looking for a Lifeline" "The Chance to Forgive"
"The One That Matters Most" "Put White On Me" "When They See Us Coming" "Where I Want To Be" "The Strongest Among Us"
"The Unrivaled Standard" "One for the Ages" "The Grand Gesture"
Season 7 Appearances
"A Closer Eye" "Going To War" "Thirty Percent Sleight Of Hand" "This Isn't Charity" "A Volatile Mixture"
"All The Proof" "What Will Define You" "The Solution to Everything" "Always A Catch" "Inside These Walls"
"You Choose" "Make This Right" "The Plunge" "It Wasn't About Hockey" "What I Saw"
"Fault in Him" "Move a Wall" "No Such Thing As Bad Luck" "Until the Weather Breaks" "Try Like Hell"
"The White Whale" "I'm Not Leaving You"
Season 8 Appearances
Sacred Ground A Real Shot in the Arm Badlands Infection: Part 1 Buckle Up
What Went Wrong Welcome to Crazytown Seeing is Believing Best Friend Magic Hold Our Ground
Where We End Up Then Nick Porter Happened A Chicago Welcome Shut It Down Off The Grid
The Tendency of a Drowning Victim Protect a Child I'll Cover You Light Things Up 51's Original Bell

Crossover Appearances

Chicago Med

  • S1E5 Malignant
  • S2E4 Brother's Keeper

Chicago P.D.

  • S1E1Stepping Stone
  • S1E2 Wrong Side of the Bars
  • S2E13 A Little Devil Complex
  • S2E16 What Puts You on That Ledge
  • S3E13 Hit Me
  • S4E7 300,000 Likes
  • S4E21 Fagin
  • S5E16 Profiles

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