When 6-year-old Bridger Walker saw a German Shepard charging towards his 4-year-old sister, he jumped straight into action. Bridger shielded his little sister from the dog, saving her life. Bridger was bitten on his face and had to undergo a two-hour surgery. 90 stitches later, Bridger told his aunt (@nicolenoelwalker) what went through his mind as the dog raced towards his little sister: “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”
“I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks,” said Bridger’s aunt in an Instagram post. Anne Hathaway was quick to respond, saying “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. Hey @markruffalo, do you need a teammate??”
The Avengers were quick to assemble. Bridger has since been hailed as a real-life superhero, receiving praise from celebs and on-screen heroes around the world. Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Hugh Jackman, Zachary Levi, the Russo brothers, and Robbie Amell are among those who have reached out to Bridger’s family privately, CNN reports.
Bridger received the surprise of a lifetime when Captain America himself dubbed him a hero. In the heartwarming video message, Chris Evans lauded Bridger for his unbelievable bravery: “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.”
Chris Evans also promised to send Bridger an authentic Captain America shield to reward the young boy for his selflessness. Bridger watched the message while dressed head to toe in Captain America garb, with his little sister by his side. Check out the full video below to see the interaction between the two heroes.