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Livaudais, 23, was the “image of an American,” his best friend says.
“He’s a hero, definitely,” that friend, Hayden Hatch, told Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV. “They had to
do a terrorist-type thing in order to get him. He was definitely a strong individual. He was a
good guy. I’m proud to say he was my friend.”
Livaudais was killed in a suicide car-bomb attack April 3 while coming to the aid of a pregnant
woman standing next to the car. The woman, who had been a passenger in the car, also was
Hatch, friends with Livaudais since junior high school, last saw him in the summer when he
went home to Utah for a visit.
Hatch said Livaudais didn’t talk much about Iraq, except to say he was willing to serve.
“He was definitely an image of an American. He loved his country. He loved his family. He
would do anything for either,” Hatch said.
Jackie Livaudais, who has two children with Nino and is pregnant with a third, said she was
proud of her husband.
“He had a purpose,” she said. “He was doing his part as an American. I knew I never was
going to get him behind a desk. He wanted to make the world better and get the bad guys.”
She wasn’t surprised her husband would have rushed to aid a pregnant woman. “What man
wouldn’t run to that?” she said.
Livaudais, who also served in Afghanistan twice, planned to make the military his career. He
graduated from high school in Ogden in 1997, joined the Army in 1998 and became a Ranger
— USA Today, Associated Press
|Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais
United States Army
KIA 03 April 2003, Iraq