Leslie Elizabeth Shay was a paramedic assigned to Ambulance 61, working alongside Gabriela Dawson. Shay is killed in the line of duty in the Season 3 premiere Real Never Waits. She was portrayed by Lauren German.
Leslie is a lesbian, something Peter Mills discovered when the other firefighters trick him into making a pass at her. She was previously in a three-year relationship with a woman named Clarice Carthage, who eventually left her to marry and have a child with a wealthy man. This seems to have instigated the commitment issues she has. She originally came from Firehouse 87.
Season 2[edit | edit source]
In "A Nuisance Call", she and Dawson are called out to Darryl, a regular caller's, house to help him with his insulin injection, something he could easily do himself. They're both annoyed at him, and he is obviously infatuated with Shay. He pulls out a gun in the middle of the call, and Dawson tries to get him to put it down by yelling at him, but Leslie takes a different approach, telling him that she's in love with him too, and they can go to elope in Las Vegas if he puts down the gun. Both of their approaches fail and he shoots himself in the head in front of them, blood splattering over both of them. This affects Shay and Dawson differently, with Shay becoming despondent and withdrawn, causing an argument where Dawson pulls rank and they both declare their friendship over.
She is later seen drunk with Otis, saying it was great that he moved in, and laughs with him until she starts sobbing. Otis agrees to keep her breakdown secret from Severide, and she walks away.
Death of Leslie Shay[edit | edit source]
In reference to the episode: "Real Never Waits".
Chief Boden's wedding ceremony is interrupted when Firehouse 51 is called to a building fire. Shay and Dawson follow Squad 3 into the building, where they find an injured male and begin administering care. Dawson tells Shay to take the lead during this case since she would have to be in charge after Dawson leaves, causing them to switch places. Right after they switch places, Dawson tells Shay about Casey's possible proposal. Shay admits knowing about it, and during this conversation, an explosion occurs in the building. A collapsing pipe fatally hits Shay on the head while Dawson gets blown back. When Severide arrives on scene, he sees Dawson doing chest compressions on Shay and leaps in to help. Despite their efforts, Shay ultimately dies.
It is later found out that Shay was killed by a man who was stalking her, Adrian Gish, who also set the fire that injured Wallace Boden and killed Ross McGowan and Henry Mills 20 years ago. The storyline in the episode "Real Never Waits" is followed by the Season 3 Episode 13 "Three Bells", which is a crossover with Chicago P.D. Season 2 Episode 13.
Memorable Quotes[edit | edit source]
- (To Mills): "Peter Mills, are you gay? Because I am."
- (To Dawson): "It's not too late to switch teams."
- (To Kelly about Clarice): "Turns out, I may have overestimated her lesbianism."
- (To Dawson about Mills): "Ugh. Marry him."
- (In flashback of Kelly): " Are we being quiet? Are we being serious ((with lisp)) "
Appearances[edit | edit source]
|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"|