Brave Boy, 6, Left in Stitches and Hailed as Hero After Saving Little Sister From Dog Attack

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(TMU) – When a dog began charging at six-year-old Bridger Walker’s little sister, the young boy didn’t hesitate to place himself in danger to prevent her from getting hurt.

And now, the young boy from Cheyenne, Wyoming, is being hailed as a hero across social media for his selfless and brave act.

On July 9, Bridger’s aunt Nikki Walker posted an account of the terrifying incident and Bridger’s heroic actions to her Instagram.

“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog,” Nikki wrote. “He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister.”

Nikki explained that the dog had begun menacingly setting upon her young niece before Bridger placed himself in harm’s way to save her. As a result, Bridger was bitten in the face.

“After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe,” Nikki continued.

Despite being injured, Bridger was able to help move his sister away from the dog, after which they hid in a safe location.

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My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister. He later said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” He got home from the hospital last night. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks. Please, check your DM’s for my sweet nephew’s story. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans @vancityreynolds @thehughjackman Edit: I never expected my sweet nephew’s story to reach so many. Please, follow my other post (I only have two so far 😅) for the latest info regarding my sweet nephew and his family.

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When Bridger was asked why he placed himself in a potentially deadly situation, he replied: “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.”

Bridger was quickly admitted to a local hospital and has since been discharged. He was treated by a “skilled plastic surgeon” and left with about 90 stitches on his face, but is now resting at home.

“We love our brave boy,” Nikki added.

Nikki is now requesting that people share her post as many times as possible so that Bridger can get a special shout-out from an actor in his favorite series: the Marvel Comics Universe.

In her post, Nikki tagged MCU actors Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, Vin Diesel, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Tom Hiddleston, Chadwick Boseman, and Chris Evans.

“If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” Bridger said.

Her post has since been shared across various Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and various Reddit communities.

“I never expected my sweet nephew’s story to reach so many,” the proud aunt wrote.

In a later update, she added: “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,” Nikki said. “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.”

Nikki also took pains to clarify that neither she nor her family have any ill will toward the dog owners over the unfortunate ncident.

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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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“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,” she said.

Nikki added that while many people are calling on her to start a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Bridger, her family would rather see donations be given to injured military veteran charity the the Wounded Warrior Project or to  Mission 22, a nonprofit that aims to preventing suicides by former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

“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,” she said. “Bridger’s family has asked that any one wishing to help out financially can, instead, donate to @mission_22 or @wwp.”

In a third post, Nikki noted that Bridger is a “huge fan of Science, especially Geology,” and would love to see people sharing photos of themselves with “cool rocks.”

“Let’s go on a rock hunt! As you’re out and about, be sure to take pictures of any cool rocks that you see,” Nikki wrote. “Be sure to tell him what state or country the rocks are in. Thank you again for all the love. #BridgerStrong”