Daughter of 9/11 policeman dies at pancake-eating contest

Caitlin Nelson died from choking during a pancake-eating contest

Originally from New Jersey, she was studying social work at the Roman Catholic school in Fairfield.

Nelson had eaten between four and five pancakes when she started shaking and fell to the floor.

A nursing student tried to save Caitlin Nelson, a junior who was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority at Sacred Heart University in CT, when she showed signs of medical distress after eating several pancakes at the Greek Life event Thursday evening, according to Lt. Robert Kalamaras of the Fairfield Police. It had been three days since the contest at the school, located in Fairfield, Connecticut.

"Our officers were on the scene quickly", Gary MacNamara, chief of the Fairfield Police Department, told People.

Thousands of Sacred Heart students attended a candlelight vigil at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The paper also writes that Nelson's father was a Port Authority police officer killed in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks.

A 20-year-old student at a CT university has died after choking during a pancake eating contest on campus. As Boston.com reports, a 64-year-old Australian man had a heart attack during a pie eating contest in 2013.

An autopsy was ordered to find out the exact causes of the death.


Her vital organs have been harvested and will be used to help other patients.

According to medical staff, Nelson had allergies, but at the time they were not able to confirm that they were a "contributing factor to the incident", according to police.

Last September, 15 years after the attacks, Caitlin Nelson posted a picture on Facebook of herself with her father.

Her organs will be donated, PEOPLE confirms. "Here at Sacred Heart University, when one of us is hurt, we all hurt; when one of us excels, we all celebrate".

A video of Caitlin, who was just 5-years-old when her father passed, honoring her father during a 2012 memorial ceremony at Ground Zero surfaced online. "Prayers to Caitlin, her family and friends and to the entire SHU family".

"It's about positive change", Caitlin Nelson said.

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