In early July, a six-year-old named Bridger saved his younger sister from a dog attack. It was a truly selfless act that left him with some very serious injuries. But that was only the beginning of an incredible story about a kid who defines what it means to be one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. To honor his heroism, some of Bridger’s own personal heroes have reached out with messages of love and appreciation. That includes Chris Evans, who sent Bridger a beautiful video message, along with a promise to deliver Bridger one of Steve Rogers’s shields.
And now Bridger’s family has shared even more personal messages he’s received from the Avengers.
Bridger, 6 years old, saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He knew he would get hurt, but he did it anyway. He’s a hero.— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) July 16, 2020
So, we made this happen. One of the most fulfilling things, ever, huge thanks to Chris Evans.
Spread love. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PKxeHcyPyk
On July 9, Bridger and his four-year-old sister walked into a friend’s backyard and immediately found themselves in danger when a German Shepherd charged at them. Desperate to protect his baby sister, Bridger stood in front of her, taking the full brunt of the attack. The dog bit his face and head multiple times. But Bridger was still calling for his sister to run while it was happening. He then helped her get to safety when the dog let up.
Bridger was incredibly heroic throughout the entire painful, bloody ordeal. He needed over 90 stitches to pull his face and scalp back together. Yet he only cried when he got an IV. The young man was also worried something bad would happen to the dog.
But the most amazing part of the story might be what Bridger said when asked why he protected his sister. According to his aunt, he answered, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” What a kid.
View this post on Instagram
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
After his aunt shared his amazing story of bravery on Instagram, some of Bridger’s own big-screen heroes began reaching out to him. Hugh Jackman, Zachary Levi, Anne Hathaway, the Russo Brothers, Robbie Amell, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Holland have all sent messages to him.
View this post on Instagram
Have y’all noticed that I have no idea what I’m doing yet? #UmmmIAccidentallyWentViral? When I first posted for Bridger, I expected maybe 500 likes at most and maybe a couple dozen reshares. But here we are. So much love from all walks of life (including a few celebs)! And we just got off a call with a friendly neighborhood idol. (Pic is of Bridger’s reaction right after the call.) Bridger is over the moon! Can’t wait to show him what’s next: a message from some guy who doesn’t like bullies. Gotta wait for the stardust to clear from his eyes first, though. Mission accomplished, everyone! We can’t thank you enough. #BridgerStrong EDIT: I feel like I should also mention that Bridger has also loved all of the other videos and messages I’ve shown him from all of you. We might not be able to get to everyone right away, but your messages are no less appreciated.
Now the family has shared some more videos of those interactions. The brave boy got a call from his favorite Avenger, Spider-Man himself. And as though that wasn’t enough, Tom Holland told Bridger he will have him visit the set during filming of a future Spider-Man movie.
Chris Hemsworth also recorded a message in an Instagram story praising Bridger’s heroism.
Recado de Chris Hemsworth para Bridger pic.twitter.com/ksLyCIfdHe— Mídias HG (@MidiasHG) July 16, 2020
But in classic Iron Man fashion, Robert Downey Jr. says he will outdo Captain America. Chris Evans will be sending Bridger a shield. But Tony Stark promised to outdo that on Bridger’s next birthday.
All of these videos are obviously incredible. But they aren’t surprising.
Earth’s mightiest heroes always look out for one another.
Featured Image: Marvel
Originally published on July 16, 2020.