- Chris Evans and many others share their praise for Bridger Walker, a young boy from Wyoming who shielded his little sister from a dog attack that resulted in a two-hour surgery and 90 stitches to his head and face.
Joining the rank of superheroes, 6-year-old Bridger Walker is hailed as a real-life hero after he jumped into action to shield his 4-year-old sister from an aggressive attack by a year-old German shepherd mix dog on July 9. The brave boy from Wyoming underwent a two-hour surgery that required more than 90 stitches to his head and face after the dog latched onto Bridger’s cheek.
“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” reasoned Bridger Walker on his courageous act, according to a statement released by the family.
The boy’s courageous rescue has gained him social media recognition from many celebrities, including Captain America himself, Chris Evans, The Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo, Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, Academy Award-winner Anne Hathaway, and many others.
“Hey, Bridger. Captain America here, how you doing, buddy… I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of this over the past few days but let me be the next one to tell you – Pal, you’re a hero, what you did was so brave, so selfless,” Chris Evans said in a message directed to the young hero, “your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you.”
Evans promised to send Bridger a real and authentic Captain America shield, who was seen dressed up in a Captain America costume while watching Evans’ 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.”
Hathaway shared a post on Instagram stating, “I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger. Wishing you an easeful recovery, and many cool looking rocks. Hey @markruffalo, do you need a teammate??”
Ruffalo also commented on an earlier post about the incident posted by the young boy’s aunt, “Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow.”
He concluded his statement, “You are more of a man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration…Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk/Professor).”
“Hi there, guys, I just want to give a shout-out to a young kid named Bridger,” Hemsworth began. “He’s six-years-old and recently a dog attacked him and his little sister, and he was incredibly brave. He did something that not a lot of people would do, he stood between the dog and his sister and took the full attack on himself.”
Hemsworth continued, “He received some pretty serious injuries to his head and his face, but afterwards, took his sister’s hand and brought her to safety. I just want to say, mate, you’re an absolute inspiration. 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 the team, we’d be honored to have you on the team, and we love you and we’re sending you our support. Stay strong and we’ll talk to you soon, mate.”
Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer also praised Bridger saying, “I’m not an avenger but I know and appreciate them as I appreciate your little hero. Angel hugs for you.”
The family’s statement concluded with a simple request, “may we each actively strive to bear one another’s burdens; stand up for and protect those that are weak, oppressed, or those whom the world might forsake’ mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that need comfort, and love one another. May we follow Bridger’s example, approach the world as a child, and bring greater peace to our own homes, communities, states, and countries.”