Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Hero boy saved his little sister

In Wyoming, Bridger Walker, a local six-year-old boy is getting some much-deserved praise after rescuing his younger sister from a dog attack, resulting in him needing over 90 stitches to his face. 

Nikki Walker, the aunt of Bridger, shared what happened over Instagram. She stated that Bridger immediately jumped in front of his younger sister when he saw the dog approach her, focusing the dog’s attention and aggression on him instead. 

“My nephew is a hero”, she said in her Instagram caption. “He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister.”

In spite of his injuries, Bridger stayed very much the hero. After getting free of the dog, he took his sister’s hand and ran to keep her safe, heedless to whatever pain he was likely going through at the time. 

Nikki’s post included several photos of the two siblings as well as Bridger’s healing face after the attack. She said that, when asking him why he jumped in so quickly, Bridger said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.”

Since the attack, Bridger has been treated by a highly skilled plastic surgeon and is now resting at home. Nikki commented on a picture saying that his wounds were looking much better and that his great personality was still very much intact. She went on to say that, while he can’t yet smile too widely, he has been doing a whole lot of grinning. 

When asked about information regarding the dog in question, here is what Nikki had to say after the attack. 

“The dog’s owners are really great people who have been nothing but kind to Bridger and his family… …if anything, there’s only been an increase of love between our families as a result of this incident.” 

Though some users and commenters on the social media platform have asked if Nikki would consider starting a GoFundMe page in order to help support Bridger’s recovery, she has instead urged any interested to direct donations to Mission 22, a non-profit organization focused on preventing suicides among service members. She has also recommended donating to the Wounded Warrior Project, a similarly military-based non-profit that helps American veterans. 

To those that want to support Bridger directly, she suggests sending him photos of “cool rocks”, as he is a pretty big science fan, particularly for geology. Nikki has also recommended sharing this story in the hopes of receiving a shout-out by one of Marvel’s superheroes. She said that it would be great that they know about “this latest hero who joined their ranks.”

As it turns out, both Mark Ruffalo, as well as Anne Hathaway, have responded to the situation, both offering their well wishes and warm regards. 

Mark Ruffalo, the actor playing Marvel’s The Incredible Hulk, said that he, “respected and admired” Bridger’s courage and heroic heart. Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway, the actress behind WB’s Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises”, said that, despite her not being an Avenger, “…I know a superhero when I see one.” and that she can only hope to be “half as brave” as Bridger was.

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