'Chicago Fire' Star Monica Raymund Exits

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Six seasons and done.

Chicago Fire star Monica Raymund has opted to exit NBC's recently renewed Dick Wolf drama. The actress confirmed her departure with a handwritten note posted to her social media page Tuesday.

"It has been an honor to play Dawson on Chicago Fire and one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I am so thankful for the journey and especially to all of you for watching, but I have made the decision that it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in life," she wrote. "I'll always be proud to have played a fierce paramedic with such an incredible cast and crew. On to the next! See you on the ice."

Season six of Chicago Fire marked a year of change after co-creator and co-showrunner Michael Brandt and producer-director Joe Chappelle both departed the series. Brandt had replaced Matt Olmstead at the top of the veteran procedural, with the latter leaving last season for a lucrative overall deal at ABC Studios.

Raymund was one of the five original Chicago Fire regulars whose contracts expired after season six. Three of the others — Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney and, more recently, Eamonn Walker — inked deals to return. Still awaiting word is David Eigenberg.

Raymund was considered the female lead on Chicago Fire, with the most recent season finale ending on a cliffhanger involving her character.

Her departure comes a year after Wolf's Chicago P.D. saw female lead Sophia Bush leave the series.

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