Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Girl Who Choked On Pancake Was Daughter Of 9/11 Hero

Girl Who Choked On Pancake Was Daughter Of 9/11 Hero

Caitlin Nelson, a 20-year-old college student at Sacred Heart University in CT, died at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center three days after choking on pancakes during an eating contest on March 30, according to the Associated Press.

The street where Caitlin Nelson grew up in Clark, New Jersey - James Nelson Way - was named in honor of her heroic father.

An American university student has tragically died after choking during a pancake-eating contest last week.

"She starts to choke on pancake and someone recognized it - one of the nursing students at the competition - and she caught her and brought her slowly to the ground", Fairfield police Lt. Robert Kalamaras told The Post. She was later transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where she died three days later.

Nelson's father, James Nelson, was a Port Authority of NY and New Jersey police officer killed in the September 11 attacks. He was killed while trying to rescue people trapped in one of the World Trade Center towers. Bob Kalamara said during a news conference. Nelson suffered from food allergies, but it's not believed these factored into her death.

Nelson was pursuing a major in social work.

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Thousands of students and staff attended a service held by the university.

Caitlin and her sister Anne have volunteered with Resiliency Center of Newtown, helping people affected by the Sandy Hook shooting.

Nelson was remembered at a candlelight vigil and mass on Sunday night.

Caitlin Nelson (20) died after she choked at the event in CT on March 30.

The Fairfield Police Department said cops rushed to the charity dinner and attempted to clear Nelson's airway, but their attempts failed.

"As tragic and as terrible as this is for the family, the number of people whose lives can be saved and affected by the various organs that can be donated is in the dozens", he says. "Like her father, who gave everything he possibly could so others could live right up until the end, Caitlin just did the same thing".

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