At the end of Chicago Fire Season 5, some squad members are still trapped inside a terribly burning building. With no viable way to stage a rescue, Chef Boden demands that the water cannons be fired – which can literally bring those inside to a boil. Early in season six, Herrmann risks his life to save Mouch’s life during the fire while Casey does the same for another victim. A few months later, however, Casey gets a bravery award while Herrmann gets, well, nothing. Fans quickly noticed.
Posting a discussion on the show’s subreddit titled “Season 6, Episode 1 – Herman [sic] should have gotten the bravery award.” user u/Lynn4562756 complained that while Casey showed courage, Herrmann could have saved himself, but saved Mouch instead: “Herman [sic] on the other hand, he refused to leave the fire if he could… That is true courage!” they wrote [Herrmann] should have gotten a nod as well…” Another poster, u/Not Floridaman, agrees that the character’s storyline is lacking in this regard, and also notes that Herrmann was severely burned in the fire, but this is supported by never approached the following screenwriters -up episodes and overall concludes “S6ep1 just felt really lazy to me.”