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What Happened to Vargas on Chicago Fire? Why Did Vargas Leave Chicago Fire?

Vargas on "Chicago Fire" left due to the character's death after being involved in a tragic fire incident, marking a significant storyline departure from the show.

by S Bargavi

Updated Jul 10, 2024

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What Happened to Vargas on Chicago Fire? Why Did Vargas Leave Chicago Fire?

What Happened to Vargas on Chicago Fire?

Jose Vargas, played by Mo Gallini, sustained lung damage while working as a firefighter. It happened during a fire at a factory, where he breathed in magnesium bits. This accident made him unable to work anymore, so he was put on long-term disability. After this, Vargas struggled a lot because he missed being a firefighter.

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At one point, he even tried to end his own life by jumping off the roof of Firehouse 51. Luckily, Severide and Casey were there and stopped him from doing it. Before the accident, Vargas was part of Truck 81 when the show started. Later on, he was promoted to Squad 3.

Why Did Vargas Leave Chicago Fire?

After Jose Vargas breathes in harmful smoke at a fire in an auto shop, his lungs get badly hurt. Doctors tell him he can't work as a firefighter anymore, so he goes on disability. Giving up his firefighter life is hard for him. Chief Boden, another firefighter, tries to help a teenager who might be setting fires on purpose.

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At the same time, Severide gets a special invitation from Renee, a woman he rescued from a bad car accident with electric wires. Meanwhile, Cruz tries to keep his younger brother, Leon, safe from a dangerous gang. Casey and Severide work together to stop Vargas from doing something desperate.

Who is Jose Vargas?

Jose Vargas started off working on Truck 81 when the series began. Later, he moved to Squad 3, but during a fire at a factory, he got hurt breathing in magnesium particles. These particles hurt his lungs badly. Because of how badly he was hurt, doctors said he couldn't keep working as a firefighter.

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They put him on long-term disability. Vargas found it hard not being a firefighter anymore. At one point, he almost jumped off the roof of Firehouse 51 to end his life. Luckily, Severide and Casey stopped him before he could do it.

Full Name Jose Vargas
Ethnicity Hispanic
Status Alive
Marital Status Married
Portrayed by Mo Gallini

Who is Mo Gallini?

Mohamed Ghalayini, also known as Mo Gallini, is an actor in American movies and TV shows. He was born on February 15, 1966, in Miami, Florida. His dad was from Lebanon, and his mom was Cuban. He went to the University of Florida from 1983 to 1985 and then moved to Los Angeles with his family.

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There, he met director David Anspaugh, who gave him his first role as a football player in the 1993 movie Rudy. Gallini has acted in many TV shows and movies, like playing Enrique in Fast and Furious and Abdul Manesh on season 4 of 24. In season 1 of Chicago Fire on NBC, he played firefighter Jose Vargas.

Name Mohamed Ghalayini
Date of Birth February 15, 1966
Age 58
Place of Birth Miami, Florida, United States
University University of Florida
Occupation Actor
Years Active 1993–present

Chicago Fire Cast

Actor Character
Jesse Spencer Lieutenant Matthew Casey
Taylor Kinney Lieutenant Kelly Severide
Monica Raymund Paramedic in Charge Gabriela Dawson
Lauren German Paramedic Leslie Shay
Charlie Barnett Firefighter Candidate Peter Mills
Eamonn Walker Battalion Chief Wallace Boden
David Eigenberg Firefighter Christopher Hermann
Teri Reeves Dr. Hallie Thomas

Chicago Fire Wiki

The first season of Chicago Fire, a TV drama made by Dick Wolf, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, and Matt Olmstead, started on October 10, 2012, on NBC at 10:00 p.m. EST. It ended on May 22, 2013, after 24 episodes.

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