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Re-aired 'Chicago Fire' episode rattles New York town

NBC affiliate expresses regret over similarities to real-life tragedy

By Corey Levitan Dec 28, 2012 10:34AM

NBC's Rochester, N.Y., affiliate station has expressed regret for televising a "Chicago Fire" rerun bearing resemblances to a real-life Christmas Eve shooting in its coverage area, reports the New York Times.

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The episode, aired on Wednesday by the network, showed two firefighters drawing gunfire while trying to save the victim of a gang shooting. On Monday, two firefighters were shot to death in Webster, N.Y., by a man who set a fire as a trap.

The episode first ran in November and was chosen more than a week in advance for rebroadcast, the Times story notes. But when it aired, WHEC-TV apparently heard from offended viewers.


"We understand and regret the timing of this episode," read a statement from the station's general manager. "By no means did we, or NBC, intend any disrespect to the families or our community affected by the recent events in Webster."

NBC declined to comment for the story.

"Chicago Fire" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Dec 28, 2012 5:15PM
Not only Chicago firefighters, but many of the large city fire departments often come under fire while fighting fires.  
Dec 28, 2012 4:41PM
This show is filmed in Chicago and is based on incidents that happed here that a real.  The eposide was not shot when the NY firefighters were killed.  If networks and shows had to be politically correct over every incident that happens in this country the only shows allowable would be the Karadasians and Beverlyhills housewife and garbage like that.  For your info chicago hit the magic mark of 500 murders today be offended by that number and not a TV show.
Dec 28, 2012 4:20PM

Reality is offensive......not this fictional show BASED on reality. Why can some not see the difference?


Dec 28, 2012 3:52PM
Dec 28, 2012 2:31PM
Unfortunately Chicago Firefighters do get shot at and have been killed and/or injured. Why would anyone be sorry for this, as it is based on reality. The fact that a deranged maniac acted like a lunatic has nothing to do with this show. Get real.
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