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    Precious New Life For Wtc Widow

    PRECIOUS NEW LIFE FOR WTC WIDOW

    By MAGGIE HABERMAN

    May 18, 2002 --

    Fire Department Capt. Terence Hatton died in the World Trade Center attacks - never knowing he had fathered a baby girl.

    Terri Elizabeth Hatton, conceived weeks before Sept. 11, was born Wednesday at 7:11 p.m., weighing 71/2 pounds.

    Her mom, Beth Petrone - a longtime executive assistant to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani - learned of her pregnancy weeks after the terror attacks.

    She couldn't be prouder. "I look at the baby, and I see Terry," Petrone said through Sunny Mindel, Giuliani's spokeswoman.

    "Terri Elizabeth has the stamina and appetite of a rescue worker."

    Petrone "wanted me to convey her gratitude for the overwhelming support and prayers and beautiful gifts Terri Elizabeth has received from all over the world in the last nine months, and the support that she has received," Mindel said.

    Giuliani and his girlfriend, Judith Nathan, have already visited the little girl - and the former mayor is "overwhelmed with joy with this miracle," Mindel said.

    For Petrone, Terri Elizabeth was a miracle after unspeakable grief.

    Married in a Gracie Mansion ceremony officiated by Giuliani on May 16, 1998, Petrone and Hatton were deeply in love.

    The winning, pretty Petrone met her strikingly handsome husband at a Fire Department function.

    On Sept. 11, Hatton, 41 - a captain with Rescue Company 1 - went to the World Trade Center to do what he did best - save people from danger.

    He never made it out.

    Petrone, working blocks away at City Hall, knew - without being told - her husband was there.

    But she hid the pain she felt over her missing husband, and helped her boss as best she could.

    Hatton's remains were found a few weeks later.

    Now, little Terri Elizabeth will be a living legacy to her dad, a legend to the firefighters who worked with him.


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    Fire Widow 'Miracle' Baby Born

    Fire Widow 'Miracle' Baby Born


    By MICHELE McPHEE
    Daily News Police Bureau Chief

    In October, days after the body of her husband, Fire Capt. Terry Hatton, was found at Ground Zero, Beth Petrone called her boss at City Hall with a tiny ray of hope.

    "There is a miracle," Petrone told then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. "I'm pregnant."

    At 7:11 p.m. Wednesday, Petrone, Giuliani's longtime executive assistant, gave birth to that miracle

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