A young boy was called a hero by Captain America himself this week after he saved his younger sister from a dog attack, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Bridger, 6, received a video message from actor Chris Evans, who praised the boy’s bravery and told him he would send him an official Captain America shield, EW reported.
Evans and other “Avengers” actors were tagged in an Instagram post on Sunday by Bridger’s aunt, Nikki Walker, who shared the story and pictures of Bridger’s recovery.
Walker wrote that Bridger “saved his little sister’s life” by standing between her and an attacking dog on July 9. The boy’s face was seriously injured and he received 90 stitches from a plastic surgeon, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Hey, all. Please, share my nephew’s story so that it gets as much exposure as it can. We know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes. On July 9th, my six year old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe. He later said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.” After receiving 90 stitches (give or take) from a skilled plastic surgeon, he’s finally resting at home. We love our brave boy and want all the other superheroes to know about this latest hero who joined their ranks. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans EDIT: I just finished visiting with Bridger at his home. His wounds are looking so much better! He’s in great spirits, and his awesome personality is intact. He can’t smile too widely yet, but he was grinning as I read some of your comments to him. I’d also like to mention here that the dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family. We feel no resentment toward them at all, and—if anything—there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident. EDIT 2: Once again we’re blown away by the amazing comments and messages that Bridger’s receiving. I’ve had lots of inquiries about a GoFundMe. Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp. Bridger is also a huge fan of Science, especially Geology. So I’m going to start a post where people can share with him pictures of cool rocks that they see. EDIT 3: Once again, everyone’s kindness has meant so much to us. I’m trying to get to all of the messages that I can, but it may take some time. For those who have inquired about sending Bridger some rocks, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong
“Pal, you’re a hero,” Evans told Bridger in the video message, which Walker shared on Instagram. “What you did was so brave, so selfless — your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother.”
”Keep being the man you are, we need people like you,” Evans continued, according to THR. “Hang in there, I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s much that can slow you down.”
Evans also told Bridger that he would send him an “authentic” Captain America shield “because pal, you deserve it,” according to EW.
Evans is not the only one to respond to Bridger’s story. “Thor” actor Chris Hemsworth shared a video in his Instagram story on Wednesday in which he invited the boy to join the Avengers team, according to TV Guide.
“I just want to say, mate, you’re an absolute inspiration,” Hemsworth said, according to TV Guide. “Your courage is beyond belief, and we are all so impressed by you. And we’re thinking of you. I know you’re an Avengers fan, and so myself and all our team, we’d be honored to have you on the team, mate.”
Mark Ruffalo (who plays the Hulk in the “Avengers” movies), Brie Larson (“Captain Marvel”) and Grant Gustin (who plays The Flash in the CW series) have also responded to Bridger, according to EW.
Bridger’s parents shared a detailed version of the events on Walker’s Instagram account on Wednesday, where they noted that they had also received messages from Hugh Jackman (who has played Wolverine), Tom Holland (who played Spider-Man), Zachary Levi (“Shazam!”), Anne Hathaway (who played Catwoman), and the Russo Brothers (“Avengers: Endgame” directors), among others.
“The love and support we have received astounds us,” Bridger’s parents wrote.
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Bridger’s parents @robertwalker307 and @teilawalker have asked that I share more details of his story. It’s hefty but worth the read. If you only have time for a piece of it, skip to the end. #BridgerStrong EDIT: Vamos a hacer una traduccion en español, pero toma tiempo. Gracias por su paciencia.