Young Hero Who Saved Sister Receives Praise from Millions, Including Some of “The Avengers”

In the bleakest of times, some people rise from the darkness to lead the way through the macabre–those people are called heroes. On July 9th, that is exactly what a young boy by the name of Bridger achieved when he risked his life to save his younger sister from a dog attack. His aunt posted the story to social media, and many, including some of The Avengers cast, have reached out to show their love and support for the new hero on the block.

Nikki Walker, the boy’s aunt, posted his story on Instagram and tagged The Avengers actors. The hashtag #bridgerstrong began to trend, and many people and celebrities showed up in full force to support the young hero. The celebrities that have taken to social media to support Bridger include Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr.

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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, we are so thankful. However, we are asking that those inspired by Bridger to do something kind for another person in Bridger’s honor.

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Holland invited the young hero to the set of the new Spider-Man. Hemsworth spokefor the entire team, calling Bridger an Avenger. Evans spoke directly to Bridger and promised him a real Captain America shield. Downey Jr., in true Tony Stark fashion, also spoke to Bridger and promised him something better on his next birthday.

Ruffalo said:

“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,” he wrote. “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. You are more of a man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration…Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk/Professor).”

With fear growing due to surging COVID-19 cases, stories like these are more important thsn ever. As of the writing of this article, the initial Instagram post has over 1.4 million likes and is still growing. The heartwarming tale of Bridger’s true heroism in the face of danger is exactly what the world needs right now. This young man did what was right to protect someone who needed his help.

You are one strong kid, and today your story has made the world a better place. I think I speak for all of us here at The Cultured Nerd in wishing Bridger a quick recovery, as well as thanking him for showing us all that not all heroes wear capes! Check out the responses below!

Holland showers the speechless hero in compliments and invites him to the set of Spider-Man 3:

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When dreams come true.

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The God of Thunder officially makes him a member of the Avengers:

Captain America offers a real shield to the newest Avenger:

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There are no words. We are so, so thankful.

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Downey Jr. channeled his inner Iron Man, pledging a birthday present better than a shield:

Sources: CBSnews.com and Collider.com

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