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The hero of the hour, Bridger, was with his sister when another family’s dog charged at the pair. Bridger acted immediately, jumping between his sister and dog. The dog lunged at Bridger and began biting him on the face and head repeatedly. Still conscious and somehow with his wits about him, Bridger then grabbed his little sister by the hand and ran from the dog to keep the pair safe.
As Bridger’s aunt Nikki Walker tells it on her now-viral Instagram post, if it weren’t for her nephew, whose bravery well exceeds his years and size, her little niece would be dead.
When asked why he jumped in front of his sister to protect her from the dog, Bridger said, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”
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
After Nikki’s post about her unbelievably heroic nephew blew the internet up she updated everyone on Bridger’s status. Thank God, he’s doing well.
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.
She also added that, if you want to cheer up Bridger while he recovers from his facial surgery, he loves geology so send him some cool rocks (PO Box below). In lieu of sending money to a GoFundMe, Bridger’s family asks instead that you donate to Mission 22 or the Wounded Warrior Project to help out veterans. Fitting since Bridger is, in fact, a wounded warrior himself.
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:
P.O. Box 22141
Cheyenne, WY 82003
Word of Bridger’s incredible heroism eventually reached Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers. Bridger got a video from Captain America himself, Chris Evans, congratulating him on doing whatever it took to protect his sister. And not only that, Cap is sending Bridger an official, legit Captain America shield.
Cap might have been outdone by the youngest Avenger, however. Actor Tom Holland aka Peter Parker aka Spider-Man gave Bridger a call as well. According to Bridger, Spider-Man is his favorite Avenger. So, to reward Bridger for his bravery, Tom Holland invited the pint-sized hero to the set of Spider-Man 3 when they start filming.
This might be my favorite story ever.
This story was updated July 16, 2020 to include the calls from actors Chris Evans and Tom Holland.