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Chris Evans pledges to send a real Captain America shield to a boy who saved his sister from a dog attack

He called the boy a hero.


Michelle Jaworski

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Published Jul 16, 2020   Updated Jul 16, 2020, 11:25 am CDT

Chris Evans is handing off one of Captain America’s shields for a 6-year-old boy after he stepped in to save the day.

Earlier this week, Nicole Noel Walker shared a story about her nephew Bridger, who had stood in front of his younger sister to protect her from a dog that was running toward her. The dog attacked and bit Bridger, but he was able to get his sister away from harm. He required stitches, and according to Walker, Bridger said “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me.”

Walker then tagged a number of actors who’ve played superheroes on the big screen.

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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, here’s the address to use: Bridger Walker P.O. Box 22141 Cheyenne, WY 82003 #BridgerStrong

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Her post went viral as actors like Anne Hathaway and Winston Duke shared Bridger’s story on his own feed. In a subsequent post, Walker revealed that several other actors like Hugh Jackman, Tom Holland, Zachary Levi, Mark Ruffalo, and the Russo Brothers, among others, have all gotten in touch about Bridger’s story via comments or direct messages.

“People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know,” Ruffalo wrote. “I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart.”

But perhaps the biggest message of all came from Chris Evans, Captain America himself, who sent Bridger a short video offering him praise, which Bridger fittingly watched while wearing a Captain America costume.

But Evans also had something else to give the boy he called a hero.

“I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of this over the last couple of days, but let me be the next one to tell you: Pal, you’re a hero,” Evans said. “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.”

H/T Entertainment Weekly

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*First Published: Jul 16, 2020, 11:24 am CDT