Chicago Fire Review: "It Ain't Easy"

"It Ain't Easy" reintroduced the suspected teenage arsonist we met in "Two Families," and this time the firehouse wasn't quite as welcoming. If there's one thing we've learned about these men and women, it's that that they look out for their own first. If Ernie started the fire that moderately injured Vargas' lungs, you knew he was going to be in for a world of hurt.

It turned out that the injury to Vargas may have saved his life, making it kind of hard to be angry at the person who started the fire. After an examination, they discovered he was well on his way to emphysema, and continuing the lifestyle of a firefighter with all the dangers of inhaling smoke and other toxins would only speed up the ride to end his life. Vargas had to retire. As always, I teared up. This time it was when they gave him a goodbye gift of his helmet, signed by the entire house. Read More...


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