From the Daily News:
Firefighter Bobby Horvath rushed into the city when he got the awful news about Athena - but it was too late.
The plucky red-tailed hawk he had nursed back to health when she was poisoned three years ago could not cheat death twice, and couldn't be saved after being hit by a car near her Astoria nest late last month.
It was after 4 p.m. when Horvath learned Athena had died, and he knew it was a race against time to save her eggs, in which the embryos would likely not survive a chilly March night.
The eggs are tucked into a specially designed incubator at Horvath's Massapequa, L.I., home, and are due to hatch in little more than a week.
Horvath said he has his fingers crossed the eggs will hatch, so Athena can live on through her offspring.
"There's no guarantee, but Mother Nature works in strange ways," he said.