Say a prayer for Mrs. Geidel.



DEAD HERO MAY GIVE HER GIFT OF LIFE

By BRAD HUNTER
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May 14, 2002 --


The grief-stricken widow of a hero firefighter killed Sept. 11 has miraculously discovered she still may be able to give her husband a legacy he always wanted: a son.
Gary Geidel, 44, died two weeks before his scheduled retirement, while working overtime.

Now, he has reached from beyond the grave to bring his family hope of a new life.

His wife, Tillie, shaking off months of despair, remembered that Geidel had left sperm samples at two Brooklyn in vitro fertilization clinics in the mid '90s.

"At first I thought they probably destroyed all the samples, but I desperately wanted to grab onto something of Gary," the Staten Island woman told The Post yesterday.

"I was down and depressed about everything."

A daughter, also named Tillie, had been born through the in vitro process in 1994. But a second attempt at a child had failed.

Hoping against hope, she decided to call the two clinics.

The first had destroyed the sample.

Mustering her courage, she made her second call.

"I phoned the clinic and a nurse called back and told me,