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Chicago Fire Fans: Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay Just Put on Firefighter Uniforms
Incoming: a petition to have Chris and Mariska appear on Truck 81!
Chicago Fire fans aren't going to know what hit them after seeing who recently suited up at a firehouse. Is it hot in here, or is it just Law & Order: Organized Crime's Christopher Meloni in a firefighter uniform?
Before you ask, no, Meloni isn't abandoning Stabler to become the latest member of Firehouse 51. Rather, in honor of International Firefighter's Day on May 4, Meloni suited up in fire-safe gear while attending an event supporting the Leary Firefighters Foundation.
Meloni wasn't the only star hanging with the firefighters, either. The event became a full-on Law & Order: SVU reunion with Meloni's former co-stars Mariska Hargitay and Robert Burke, who played Ed Tucker in Seasons 3-21. (Again: They sadly aren't becoming Chicago Fire regulars! This was all to support the LFF.)
That said, Hargitay and Meloni look fierce in their matching Leary firefighter suits. It's certainly a look into an alternate reality in which the former partners run into burning buildings instead of catching perps.
"So…this happened with @denisleary and @bobby1960 @therealmariskahargitay to help out @learyfirefighters #learningthetrade #respect #NYBravest," Meloni captioned the IG post.
Harigtay was also keen to share pictures from the fun-filled day. She posted an adorable selfie in the Leary firefighter hat and a great slideshow of pictures. "Had the most epic day with @learyfirefighters," Hargitay captioned the post. "Thank you @denisleary for inviting me to join! #internationalfirefightersday #BraveEveryday #EverydayHeroes It was an honor. #Brave #FDNY."
If you recall, Ed Tucker was one of the few lucky men Benson dated throughout the years on SVU and her most recent serious relationship.
As for reunions happening on screen, Stabler is about to cross paths with Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) on the Organized Crime episode airing May 11. (Rollins exited SVU at the end of 2022.) Here's the official synopsis for her episode:
"When DNA from an SVU rape investigation connects to an OCCB unsolved murder, Stabler and Benson uncover a revenge-for-hire scheme on the dark web. While Bell and Jet follow the money trail to expose the website’s anonymous creator, Stabler asks Professor Rollins for help with a key clue."
If these Stabler-Benson FDNY photos have you hungry for more firefighter content, be sure to watch LA Fire & Rescue this summer on NBC. It premieres June 21 at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock. Here's an official description of the docuseries:
"From the producers of NBC’s hit drama Chicago Fire, comes LA Fire & Rescue, a new docuseries offering unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Responsible for protecting the lives and property of four million residents living in 59 cities across Los Angeles County, the LACoFD’s 2,300 square miles of service is unlike any other in the United States. From helicopter mountain rescues and lifeguard beach SOS, to fireboats, hazmat units and California’s raging wildfires, the department does it all. The series documents real calls and real drama while giving faces to the passionate fire firefighters who risk their lives in the name of service. These real-life heroes and their compelling stories are told alongside the unpredictable dangers they face on the front lines of life and death."