Whatever Happened To Rebecca Jones On Chicago Fire?

From Adriyan Rae's Gianna Mackey to Monica Raymund's Gabriela Dawson, "Chicago Fire" has seen plenty of characters come and go during its ten seasons (via IMDb). One of the most dramatic exits was Rebecca Jones, portrayed by actress Daisy Betts. The character was introduced in Season 2 as a firefighter-in-training who quickly bonded with fellow trainee Dawson. Jones was out to prove to her father, Deputy District Chief Lionel Jones, that she could become a top Chicago firefighter. After some bumps in the road and intense training, she eventually became a valued member of Firehouse 51 (via Distractify).

"We wanted to do an arc with this female firefighter, the Jones character, and we knew going in that she was going to be a bit of an antagonist for the Dawson character," the show's executive producer Matt Olmstead told TV Guide. He added that "there are a couple things that we dug in on, which was this complicated relationship that she has with her dad as the chief in the fire department, never getting his approval."

In fact, Jones' father interfered with her career by pulling some strings to get her assigned to desk duty. While his heart was in the right place — he believed the position would keep her out of harm's way — the decision may have led to his daughter's demise. 

Fans were devastated when Rebecca Jones died

"Chicago Fire" wrote off the character of Rebecca Jones in dramatic fashion. After her father got her placed on desk duty to keep her safe, Jones took her own life (via Distractify). 

As the show's executive producer Matt Olmstead told TV Guide, the writers wanted to show that when a person commits suicide, the people closest to them don't always see it coming. "A lot of times, there is no logic to why this tragedy happened, and people struggle to find the logic to make themselves feel better to get some kind of order to what happened," he explained. "Sometimes it's not forthcoming, so there's bread crumbs we put down there, but also we were willing to embrace the fact that sometimes it's just a tragic event that you may never wrap your head around."

While the other characters were devastated by Jones's death, fans also mourned the loss of a character they had grown to love. "Rebecca Jones's might have been obnoxiously overconfident, unwilling to listen to criticism and annoying AF, but she didn't deserve to be railroaded by her father. Her suicide was one of the most unnecessary deaths #OneChicago ever had. #ChicagoFire," wrote one Twitter user, per Distractify.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ at​ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.