Chris Evans, also known as Captain America, and other onscreen superheroes are praising a real-life hero who saved his younger sister from a dog attack.
Along with a video message dedicated to the young hero, Evans promised to send 6-year-old Bridger an official Captain America shield in honor of his courage.
‘Get this man a shield.’💙 https://t.co/nrchaKdoAW— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) July 16, 2020
“Pal, you’re a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless — your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you,” Evans told Bridger in the video.
“Keep being the man you are, we need people like you,” Evans continued. “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.”
Bridger’s aunt, Nicole Walker, posted Evans’ video side by side with a video of her nephew’s realtime reactions on Instagram. Bridger wore a Captain America costume for the shoot.
In an earlier post, Walker explained that her nephew saved his sister’s life by “standing between her and a charging dog.”
The boy received 90 stitches after the attack, but Walker says Bridger told her, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”
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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
According to Entertainment Weekly, The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, also praised Bridger for his bravery.
Ruffalo got in touch with Bridger via Walker’s Instagram, writing that his courageous act proved him to be, “more of man than many, many I have seen or known.”
Bridger was also recognized on social media many celebrities, including actors who play superheroes Firestorm, Captain Marvel, and The Flash.