Eamonn Walker bids farewell to “Chicago Fire” after 12 Seasons

Eamonn Walker

Eamonn Walker, known for portraying Fire Chief Wallace Boden on NBC’s hit series Chicago Fire, has announced his departure from the show after an impressive 12-year stint. Walker’s decision to exit the beloved series marks a significant moment for both the cast and dedicated fans.

A source familiar with the production revealed that Walker’s departure was a personal choice, indicating that Chief Boden’s character will not meet an untimely demise but is expected to make future appearances in upcoming episodes.

Boden, a seasoned veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, endeared himself to viewers with his unwavering dedication to his team, often risking his own career for the sake of those under his command. Throughout the series, Boden’s character ascended through the ranks, from Battalion Chief to Deputy District Chief, and finally, in the twelfth season, he vies for the prestigious position of Deputy Fire Commissioner.

Walker’s departure comes at a pivotal moment in the series, with Chief Boden’s character set to make a dramatic return in the Season 12 finale airing on May 22. NBC teases that Boden’s decision in the finale will have significant implications for the race for Deputy Commissioner.


Prior to his iconic role on Chicago Fire, Eamonn Walker garnered acclaim for his performances in various film and television projects, including his portrayal of Kareem Said in HBO’s Oz, for which he received a CableACE award. His extensive career also includes roles in ER as Dr. Stephen Dakarai and his portrayal of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the BBC series Copper.

As fans bid farewell to Walker’s portrayal of Chief Boden, they also reflect on the recent departure of Kara Killmer, who portrayed paramedic Sylvie Brett for ten seasons. Killmer’s exit, coupled with Walker’s departure, marks a period of transition for the long-running series.

While Walker’s departure leaves a void in the hearts of fans, it also sets the stage for new storylines and character developments in Chicago Fire as it continues to captivate audiences with its gripping drama and compelling characters.

Deadline and TheWrap were the first to report.

(Note: CHICAGO FIRE — “All the Dark” Episode 12008 — Pictured: Eamonn Walker as Chief Wallace Boden — (Photo by: Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC)