The bond between siblings is a deep one– something that can certainly be said for six-year-old Bridger Walker. From the moment his younger sister was born, Bridger felt a strong desire to protect and love his sister. To most, one would think this would mean protecting her from bullies, or helping her with her homework. No one thought it would mean something far more serious.
On July 9, Bridger and his four-year-old sister were playing outside at a friend’s house when a dog barreled toward them. The brave little boy jumped in front of his sister, sustaining bites to the face and head before he was able to take her hand and run with her to safety. Because of his quick action, Bridger’s sister was unharmed, but he had to go to the hospital.
The little boy was received 90 stitches to his face. Between CAT scans, tests, and surgery, his father asked why the boy jumped in front of his sister. Bridger responded: “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”
Thankfully, little Bridger is out of the hospital and back in the comfort of his own home. The hero’s story blew up across major news outlets around the world, inspiring people everywhere to step up and help others who need them.
His good deed made it all the way to “real life” superheros. Like just about every kid his age, Bridger loves superheros– specifically, the Avengers. Upon hearing about his heroic deed, a number of stars reached out to show their support, including two video messages from Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Chris Evans (Captain America), and one call from Tom Holland (Spider-Man).
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Bridger’s story could have been a tragic one, but the boy defied the odds to protect someone he cared about. Seeing Bridger’s good deed be rightfully noticed while his recovery goes smoothly is heartwarming. This boy will amount to great things.