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Soldier sends get well wishes to hero at home

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By David Spunt - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A hero serving his country overseas has a special message for a hero in Baton Rouge.

First Lieutenant Mike Gaudet is stationed in Baghdad, Iraq.  He told 9 News Thursday he has the utmost respect for someone he considers a hero at home.

"I read about Charlie off Dead Pelican and I was just perusing through the story and everything and that story really kind of stuck out to me," said Gaudet.

Gaudet is talking about Charlie Cangelosi, the Good Samaritan who was shot in the chest after stepping in to help a pregnant woman during an armed robbery.  He's recovering in a local hospital, where he's had several surgeries.

Cangelosi's parents spoke to 9 News earlier this week about his brave act.

"Not surprised," said Carolyn Cangelosi. "I would be surprised if he had not helped her. If he had walked away and stayed healthy, he would never have been happy.  He was supposed to do it and he did it."

Lieutenant Gaudet has been following Cangelosi's recovery and has told his fellow soldiers about the man on the other side of the world.  He's added to the pages of comments on Charlie's Caring Bridge page.

"The amount of sacrifice and everything that was involved and just reading up on it, it's an ordinary guy, 23-years-old, who had put himself in harm's way for a complete stranger," said Gaudet.

Good wishes from one hero to another.

"He epitomizes everything that we stand for and represent over here as representatives of the United States," added Gaudet.

Charlie's family posted a response on his website today saying, "After surgery today, Charlie's doctor said 'He's as good as I can ask for.' Those are encouraging words coming from the medical profession.  Surgery went well and they have closed the incision. His pancreas is still misbehaving so continue to 'pray for the pancreas to behave.' Today they will slowly turn the ventilator off and remove the tube from his throat."

Family members say LSU Coach Les Miles visited Charlie yesterday, giving him a standing invitation to all the home football games.

Click here to view Cangelosi's Caring Bridge Journal.

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