Sunday 19 November 2017

Daughter of policeman who died in 9/11 dies after choking during pancake-eating contest

Caitlin Nelson died after choking at a pancake-eating contest. Photo: Facebook
Caitlin Nelson died after choking at a pancake-eating contest. Photo: Facebook
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

The daughter of a policeman who died during the 9/11 attack, has died after choking during a pancake-eating contest at her school.

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

“She starts to choke on pancake on 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 New York Post.

“And then she began CPR, basic life support, until officers showed up less than two minutes after the emergency call was made by one of the nursing students.”

Ms Nelson was rushed to hospital but died three days later.

In a Facebook tribute to her, a family member said it was the second tragedy to hit the family.

“Heaven got another angel and we are sad beyond belief for Caitlin’s family,” one user wrote. “No family should have to endure the loss of a child ever and they already lost her dad on 9/11, it’s heart wrenching.”

Ms Nelson’s father, James, was a Port Authority police officer who died during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center when Caitlin was just 5-years-old.

Last September, Ms Nelson posted a moving tribute to her dad on Facebook, to mark the 15 year anniversary of the tragedy.

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