'Chicago PD' stuntman jumps from 5th floor of West Town apartment building

K2 Apartments

"Chicago PD" crew set up for a stunt involving a fifth floor free fall Jan. 9, 2014. (Photo courtesy of K2 Apartments)

Stuntman Mike Fierro took part in a free fall from the fifth floor of the K2 Apartments in the West Town neighborhood Thursday during a stunt for NBC’s “Chicago PD.” Fierro was believed to have fallen 35 feet before landing on an airbag.

According to “Chicago PD” stunt coordinator Tom Lowell, the storyline involved a man who is hanging off the balcony by a leash after trying to escape the police. Lowell said the man is cut free from the leash hanging around his neck in the scene but survives the fall.

(There were trampolines on the set, which could explain how he survives in the story.)

“Luckily we only had to do it once,” said Lowell of the scene, which he called “light-hearted” in tone. “It was cold -- in the teens. And Mike was in boxer shorts and a silk robe. Just to help out a little, I had propane heaters blow hot air into the bag.”

Lowell worked on the film “The Dark Knight” and the TV shows “Chicago Fire,” “Betrayal” and the upcoming “Mind Games.” He said Thursday’s fall was a big stunt, by TV standards. Most of the stunts involved during filming of the Chicago police drama – which premiered Wednesday and is a spin-off of “Chicago Fire”– have involved simulated gun fire, fist fights and chases through alleys.

“If we would have done a stunt like that in a film, there would have been a three-day rehearsal and we probably would have shot that for a couple days,” Lowell said. “We had a one day rehearsal for that. For TV, there’s only a certain amount of time.”

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