‘If someone had to die, I thought it should be me’: 6-year-old saves little sister from dog attack

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 6-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after protecting his 4-year-old sister’s life during a dog attack.

Bridger Walker, from Cheyenne, Wyoming, stepped between his sister and a 1-year-old German shepherd when the dog started to charge the girl, CNN reported.

Bridger was the one attacked, the dog ripping his cheek, his parents told CNN in a statement.

It took about 90 stitches and a two-hour surgery to repair the damage.

His father asked Bridger why he did it, his dad said Bridger told him, “If someone had to die, I thought it should be me,” CNN reported.

Now Bridger’s heroic deed is getting noticed after his aunt tagged the actors who played The Avengers on Instagram.

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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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Anne Hathaway, who appeared as Catwoman in DC Entertainment’s “The Dark Knight Rises” wrote on the Instagram post, “I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when II see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger. Wishing you an easeful recovery, and many cool looking rocks. Hey @markruffalo, do you need a teammate??”

Mark Ruffalo played The Hulk/Bruce Banner in The Avenger films. Bridger’s family told CNN Ruffalo did reach out to them.

Bridger did get a message from the first avenger, Chris Evans who played Captain America. Evans promised Bridger that he will send him a real Captain America shield, Unilad reported.

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There are no words. We are so, so thankful.

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Tom Holland (Spider-Man) Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), and Zachary Levi (Shazaam) also sent well wishes to Bridger, CNN reported.

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