'Chicago Fire's' Jesse Spencer Helps Save Trapped Tourists

Jesse Spencer on April 1, 2014 in Chicago Jesse Spencer on April 1, 2014 in Chicago

Jesse Spencer might play a firefighter on TV, but in real life the “Chicago Fire” star is just as heroic!

Over the weekend, the 35-year-old actor was touring the Illinois State Capitol and became trapped in an elevator with his parents and a group of other sightseers, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

His scripted small screen training came in handy as he helped with the group’s escape plan by opening the elevator’s doors enough to get cell phone reception in order to call 911.

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He also reportedly helped keep the group of tourists calm in the tight, small space for almost an hour until help arrived.

“People started to freak out,” Jesse told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It was getting so hot. It’s claustrophobic. One poor girl had a fear of being trapped in elevators.”

When the actor managed to open the door, it calmed the nerves of the trapped crowd.

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“Eventually, I managed to get the doors open so we could get air in,” he explained. “It relieved the tension. I took turns getting people that were freaking out over near the door. I didn’t want them sticking their heads out in case the elevator took off again.”

After the incident he thanked his rescuers.

“Thanks Springfield FD saved us from an elevator at the Capitol Building. Stuck for an hour, I muscled the doors open,” the actor wrote on Twitter and also posted a photo of himself and the firefighters.

-- Jesse Spero

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