A fire official kept time as 1,500 firefighters filed in rigid groups of eight past the widow of Rescue Co. 4 firefighter Peter Nelson during a memorial service at his Huntington Station firehouse. But Gigi Nelson's mind was on another clock.
She was timing contractions.
Three hours after that Friday night service and 25 days after her husband was lost in the World Trade Center collapse, Gigi Nelson gave birth to 6-pound, 1-ounce Lyndsi Ann, their first child.
Peter Nelson, 42, was a third assistant chief; he had volunteered at the firehouse since age 18. He was working overtime on Sept. 11 to help earn money for the baby.