Howard Han, also referred to as Howie, though he prefers Chim or Chimney, is a character on FOX's 9-1-1 who works as a firefighter and paramedic in the Los Angeles Fire Department. He débuts in the first episode of the first season of 9-1-1 and is portrayed by starring cast member Kenneth Choi.
Howard lived with Kevin Lee's parents when they took him in when he was young. According to Howard, his mother died of cancer a few weeks before his fifteenth birthday and his father lives in South Korea. Howard's father is abusive and controlling. Howard didn't know what he wanted to do with his life which is why he tried many many jobs. He ended up occasionally working for Kevin at the bar that he managed. There was a fire at the bar one night and Howard managed to calmly control the situation after calling 911.
Despite the loss of the bar, Howard decided that he wanted to become a firefighter and Kevin did the same. Kevin's parents weren't happy with Kevin's decision to risk his life but both of them insisted that it was what they wanted to do. The two powered through firefighter training but were separated when it came to their graduation. They were sent to separate firehouses in LA. Howard was sent to Station 118 and Kevin to Station 133. When he arrived at Station 118, Howard was forced by the captain to do the grunt work and wasn't allowed to go with the other firefighters to the emergencies. Every night, Howard lied to Kevin's parents, saying that he had a productive and exciting day when really he just cleaned the firehouse. Although Howard wasn't being treated right, Kevin was having the time of his life. Eventually, one of the paramedics took pity on Howard and asked to have him on his service to which Howard enjoyed, so much so that he decided to become a firefighter paramedic.
During one emergency, Kevin, despite being from the other firehouse was also there. At this emergency, Kevin sacrificed his own life by pushing a pregnant woman out of the way of a collapsing roof. Howard then moved out of Kevin's parents' place after Kevin's funeral and went back to work not long after. During one of the emergency calls, the firefighters were dealing with a building when Howard noticed that everyone was showing symptoms of a gas leak and ordered everyone to evacuate. Howard then proceeded to personally remove a firefighter from the building which then exploded. Howard and his colleague only just managed to make it out alive. Afterward, the other firefighters respect Howard and he was never treated badly in the firehouse again.
When Hen joins the 118, he introduces himself as Howie, and he is called that during the entire episode (S02E09, Hen Begins).
In S02E04, Hen wants to tell Christopher Diaz the story behind Chimney's nickname but he stops her.
In S02E06, Taylor Kelly asks about that story and Hen tells her it's "Not one you can tell on TV".
In S03E11, Albert (Chimney's Half-Brother) asks "So how did he get the nickname Chimney?" to Hen. The question is not shown to be answered.
In S04E02, Buck and Chimney search for an infant in the aftermath of a landslide. When the baby monitor signal they follow leads to a house buried up to its eaves in mud, the house’s chimney is the only (or safest) way in. As Buck prepares to lower Chim down the chimney, Chim tells Buck that “in the future if anybody asks, this is how [he] got [his] name”, implying the original source of the nickname was not a similar rescue.
Hen has a close relationship with "Chimney" Han. They call each other "best friend" on multiple occasions and often come to each others' aid. When Hen first joined the 118, Chimney was the first to show her compassion and friendship. They later bonded over becoming paramedics and discrimination at work. Their friendship extended beyond work, as shown with Chimney's health issues and through Hen's relationship issues.
Chimney and Maddie quickly develop a close friendship, fueled by their shared interests and sense of humor. Buck notices their closeness first, but the couple eventually become aware of their attraction. They face multiple difficulties in their relationship, starting with Maddie's ex-husband Doug stabbing Chimney and kidnapping Maddie on what was intended to be their first date. However, the couple makes it through their traumas and difficulties in tact. Season three ends with the couple happily embracing after learning that they are having a child.
Howard is shown as playful, loyal, and devoted. He never goes back on a promise, and always wants to do what's right. He has a strong desire to do what he feels is right, instead of what's actually right.
|"Pilot"||"Let Go"||"Next of Kin"||"Worst Day Ever"||"Point of Origin"|
|"Heartbreaker"||"Full Moon (Creepy AF)"||"Karma's a Bitch"||"Trapped"||"A Whole New You"|
|"Kids Today"||"Sink or Swim"||"The Searchers"||"Triggers"||"Rage"||"Monsters"|
|"Athena Begins"||"Malfunction"||"Fallout"||"Christmas Spirit"||"Seize the Day"||"Fools"|
|"Pinned"||"The Taking of Dispatch 9-1-1"||"Eddie Begins"||"The One That Got Away"||"Powerless"||"What's Next?"|
|"The New Abnormal"||"Alone Together"||"Future Tense"||"9-1-1, What's Your Grievance?"||"Buck Begins"|
|"Jinx"||"There Goes the Neighborhood"||"Breaking Point"||"Blindsided"||"Parenthood"|
|"First Responders"||"Treasure Hunt"||"Suspicion"||"Survivors"|