It’s a beautiful thing when a TV hero can recognize a real life hero. Get your tissues ready, people!
Recently, the internet has been gushing over a 6-year-old boy from Wyoming who saved his little sister from a freak accident. Bridger Walker stepped in and shielded his 4-year-old sister from being attacked by a German Shepard, ultimately landing him in a two-hour surgery to get approximately 90 stitches after the dog repeatedly bit his cheek and head.
Thankfully he made it out alive, only to realize that his story had gone viral and the whole country was obsessed.
Bridger’s aunt, Nicole Walker, shared a post on Instagram explaining his story and detailing how big of an Avengers fan he was, saying ‘we know that our little hero would love some words of encouragement from his favorite heroes.’ Her goal, with a little help from his favorite heroes, was to bring attention to this little real-life hero. As you can imagine, it worked. I mean look at that little face.
One of the most notable shoutouts came from none other than Captain America, Chris Evans. In an IGTV posted on Nicole’s account, we see Bridger wearing his own little Captain America suit as he watches his idol’s video dedicated to him, acknowledging his bravery in a heartwarming message.
Evans starts off the video saying, “Hey Bridger, Captain America here. I read your story, I saw what you did, and 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.”
He went on to promise he would “track down his address and send [him] an authentic Captain America shield” because, “pal, you deserve it.” Could this be any sweeter?
After seeing the smile it put on Bridger’s face, we can confirm it can.
Captain America wasn’t the only member of the franchise to take notice of Bridger’s heroic story. Marc Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Robbie Amell and Grant Gustin also spoke out about his bravery on Nicole’s Instagram post, with Ruffalo commenting “people who put the well being of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart.”
It’s stories like these that really remind us that there’s good in the world, and more importantly, that not all heroes wear capes. Or are over 3 feet tall.