Caitlin Nelson, 20, died three days after she collapsed during the event in Fairfield, Connecticut. Police said that Nelson had several food allergies and was choking during the pancake eating contest.
The daughter of a policeman who died in 9/11 has died after choking during a pancake-eating contest. Brooks says he recognizes the importance of this generous contribution from Nelson.
The pancake-eating contest occurred on Thursday evening.
When she started chocking, two nearby nursing students immediately began life-saving measures before being joined by paramedics and police.
Officers from the Fairfield City Police Service quickly arrived at the scene and attempted to help the young woman with no results.
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Nelson was in critical but stable condition following the incident, and was transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Friday where she later died, AP reported.
This would be a tragic story in nearly any circumstance, of course, but Nelson's father was a Port Authority police officer and died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Bob Kalamara said during a news conference.
Local authorities told reporters that nursing students attending the event performed lifesaving procedures on Nelson before being transported to the nearest hospital. He also went into the smoking World Trade Center to help rescue workers during the 1993 bombing, despite having asthma, according to the Daily Mail.
The New Jersey native, who majored in social work, was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
"She indicated throughout her life that she was an organ donor".
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On Sunday night, as you can see above and below, the campus held a candlelight vigil in Nelson's honor.
"The whole mood is pretty somber on campus right now", sophomore Kevin Carlson told CBS New York.
An autopsy is pending to determine Nelson's cause of death.
Sacred Heart flew its flags at half-mast on Monday.
"Learning the tragedy that touched this family already", McNamara told the Post, "our officers are certainly affected by this".
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