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FLYing for the 100 Club: An interview with Chicago P.D.’s Marina Squerciati

By October 7, 2014 No Comments

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Team Chicago P.D.

Flywheel Gold Coast was on FIRE this weekend! On Sunday afternoon, the casts of NBC’s Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D engaged in some friendly competition to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago. Stars including Taylor Kinney, Jesse Spencer, Monica Raymund, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer, Jon Seda, Marina Squerciati, Josh Segarra, David Eigenberg and more participated in a Flywheel class to raise money for families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. In the end, the casts raised over $14,000 for this important cause. Prior to the ride, we chatted with Marina Squerciati, who plays patrol officer Kim Burgess on Chicago P.D., and asked her why the 100 Club means so much to the show and why Flywheel was the perfect place to host this amazing event:

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Team Chicago Fire

Tell us about the inspiration for Chicago P.D.
Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead created Chicago P.D. as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. They aimed to create a show that would be as real as possible, honoring those who fight to keep our streets safe, as well as the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The show focuses on a uniformed police patrol and the Intelligence Unit that pursues the perpetrators of Chicago’s major street offenses.

What makes the show so unique?
Prior to filming, NBC sent all of the cast mates to early training to properly learn skills from actual Chicago police officers and paramedics. We learned how to properly hold guns and we learned the correct language and knowledge needed to accurately portray and honor the Chicago P.D. We also have real paramedics and police officers cast as extras on the show. To me, the greatest honor is representing police officers the right way, paying respect to the Gold Star families who have lost family members and taking the time to value the work that is done to secure our city’s safety.

Tell us about your relationship with the 100 Club of Chicago.
We work closely with the 100 Club of Chicago, a civilian organization that provides for the families of first responders who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty. The Club helps families ease the financial burden associated with the tragic event, including immediate financial assistance and the ongoing cost of higher education. Hosting this event at Flywheel was a fantastic opportunity for us to engage in friendly competition, meet our fans and raise awareness and funds for this amazing organization.

We are honored that you chose Flywheel to host the event. What brought you to Flywheel in the first place?
I have always been an athlete, having participated in numerous races and triathlons. Once I moved to Chicago, I was on the search for a workout that provided a challenge, kept me engaged and made me excited to come back for more. Flywheel Gold Coast is my sanctuary! I love the music, the terrain and the instructors. The entire experience motivates me and makes me feel great. The Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire event at Flywheel was a way for us to leverage our dedicated fans and the shows’ popularity, and use it as a platform to promote awareness and raise money. I love that we hosted this event at Flywheel, as it was a great way to provide fans a chance to sweat, compete, and most importantly, benefit the 100 Club of Chicago.

 

Check out this awesome video from Randy Flager, who plays Capp on Chicago Fire.

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Castmates Sophia Bush, Marina Squerciati and Stella Maeve  

Thank you to the cast of Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire for letting us host such an impactful event!

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