When 6-year-old Bridger Walker saved his little sister from a vicious dog, he probably never thought he’d get a message praising his heroics from Captain America himself. But that’s exactly what happened.
Chris Evans, who plays the superhero in the Avengers movies, sent Bridger a video message in which he lauds little the little boy for his courage.
“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 says in the message.
Evans goes on to tell Bridger that he’ll send him an authentic Captain America shield.
“Keep being the man you are, we need people like you,” Evans continues. “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 Walker Story
The recovery may indeed be tough. Bridger’s aunt, Nicole Walker, took to Instagram to explain what happened. She said Bridger stood between his sister and a charging German Shepard mix. The dog bit Bridger several times in the face and head, requiring the boy to get 90 stitches.
“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” Bridger later said about the attack.
In Walker’s Instagram post, she reached out to a number of superheroes and told them that her brave nephew is the latest hero to join their ranks.
The Avengers & Other Heroes Respond
Bridger didn’t just hear back from Cap. He also received messages from other Hollywood superheroes. Looper reports that Ann Hathaway (Catwoman) was the first to respond to the call, followed major names like Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Grant Gustin (The Flash), and Robbie Amell (Firestorm). Even the Incredible Hulk, a.k.a. Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk).
“People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know,” wrote Ruffalo. “I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart.”