A 6-year-old boy who heroically saved his younger sister from a dog attack has gotten the attention of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, for his selfless deed.
Nikki Walker shared the heartbreaking story of her nephew, Bridger, and the quick-thinking that may have saved his 4-year-old sister’s life on Instagram last week.
“[Bridger], himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister,” she explained. “He later said, ‘If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.’”
Nikki shared the story in hopes of reaching out to the cast of The Avengers to help cheer Bridger up when he was finally released from the hospital. Not only have multiple celebrities responded to his heroic deed, but Chris Evans even reached out with an offer to send him “an authentic Captain America shield.”
“I’m sure you’ve 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,” Evans said in a special message for Bridger, as Captain America. “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.
And Captain America wasn’t the only one to reach out to this young hero.
Nikki’s Instagram is full of comments from everyone from Captain Marvel‘s Brie Larson to Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan to Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.
Mark Ruffalo, aka Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk, left a special note for Bridger.
Robbie Amell, who played Firestorm in DCTVU’s The Flash, also chimed in to show his support.
And while Catwoman may not be an Avenger, Anne Hathaway had some kind words for the brave boy as well.
Bridger’s Aunt Nikki says she’s been reading him the comments from everyone, not just his heroes, and that it’s helped lift his spirits during his recovery.
She also shared the full story of what happened as told by Bridger and his sister to their parents.
It may be a long road to recovery for this courageous little guy, but it sounds like he has endless support to help him along the way. And encouragement from Captain America himself — and his shield — certainly can’t hurt.