Bridger Walker: 6-Year-Old Wyoming Boy Saves Sister From Dog

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Bridger Walker, a 6-year-old Wyoming resident, is going viral after he saved his little sister from a dog attack.

On July 9, the young boy jumped in front of a dog that was running to attack his sister, according to his aunt Nikki Walker on Instagram.

Nikki Walker explained that the dog attacked Bridger Walker instead, landing him in the hospital with about 90 stitches on his face. Despite being bitten on his left cheek, the young boy was able to help his sister move away from the dog and hide, Nikki Walker continued.

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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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“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,’” her July 12 caption reads.

The boy was treated by a “skilled plastic surgeon” and is now resting at home, Walker said.

Her post had been liked more than 202,000 times at the time of this article’s publication and received more than 38,000 upvotes on Reddit.


The Family Feels ‘No Resentment’ Toward the Dog Owners, According to Nikki Walker

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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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Nikki Walker recently updated her original post clarifying that the family feels “no resentment” toward the dog owners.

She wrote that the incident brought both parties together.

“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,” Walker wrote in the edited caption. “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.”

Walker also mentioned that Bridger is in “great spirits” and that “his awesome personality is intact.”


Donors Are Encouraged to Donate to Military Support Groups Rather Than a GoFundMe

Walker also mentioned that the family is asking for donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, a group dedicated to helping injured military veterans, or Mission 22, a nonprofit geared toward preventing suicides by former service members, in place of GoFundMe.

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

In a third update, the aunt indicated that she is creating a post where others can share pictures of themselves with “cool rocks” because Bridger is a “huge fan of Science, especially Geology.”

Walker added the rock post on July 14, featuring an image of a variety of colored stones.

“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,” the caption reads. “Be sure to tell him what state or country the rocks are in. Thank you again for all the love. #BridgerStrong”

The picture has received more than 15,000 likes so far.

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