Chris Evans Sends ‘Hero’ 6-Year-Old a Captain America Shield for Saving His Sister
Real Brotherly Love: Chris Evans Sends ‘Hero’ 6-Year-Old a Captain America Shield for Saving His Sister
By Cooper Dowd, Contributing Writer
A variety of Hollywood heroes sent Bridger Walker, age 6, messages of encouragement after he sacrificed himself to save his younger sister from a dog attack. Walker’s protective instincts kicked in as he shielded his four-year-old sister from the attack, suffering injuries to the face and head that required 90 stitches and a two-hour surgery.
After getting bitten several times, Walker continued to protect his sister, grabbing her hand and running alongside her to keep her safe.
“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” Walker told his Aunt Nikki, who posted his inspiring story of sacrifice on Instagram.
“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister,” Nikki said on Instagram. “He got home from the hospital last night. 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.”
According to the family, the heroic 6-year-old caught the attention of several Hollywood heroes, including Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Hugh Jackman, Zachary Levi, and the Russo brothers.
Zachary Levi, the star of SHAZAM!, reached out publicly and offered his prayer for the new hero’s recovery.
“This young man is an ACTUAL superhero,” Levi said. “Praying for his speedy recovery… [I] hope I get to shake his hand someday.”
Anne Hathaway also shared her admiration for Walker’s bravery.
“I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one,” Hathaway posted to the Instagram. “I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger.”
Tom Holland, who stars as Walker’s favorite superhero, gave the young boy a call, inviting him to the set of the next SPIDER-MAN movie.
“If you ever wanna come to set and hang out with us and see the Spider-Man suit up close, you’re always welcome,” Holland said on the phone with Walker. “Your sister is a very, very lucky little girl to have a big brother like you.”
Chris Evans, the Captain America star, sent a video message to Walker and even promised him an authentic Captain America shield.
“Captain America here, so I read your story, I saw what you did and I’m sure you heard a lot of this over the last couple days, but let me be the next one to tell you, 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. I’m going to track down your address and I’m going to send you an authentic Captain America shield because pal, you deserve it.”
The beautiful story of heroism does not end with Bridger Walker’s demonstration of sacrifice, love, and protectiveness for his sister.
“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,” Nikki added in the post. “We feel no resentment towards them at all, and if anything there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident.”
The family’s counter-cultural expression of public forgiveness highlights the truly remarkable story of selflessness and a brother’s genuine love for his sister.
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