ROBERT DOWNEY Jr has joined fellow Marvel stars Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland and Chris Hemsworth in sending a special video message to a six-year-old boy who protected his younger sister from a dog attack.
Bridger Walker went viral after it emerged he had put himself between his sister and a vicious dog in an act of bravery that resulted in him being mauled by the out-of-control canine.
Despite being bitten several times on the face, he was still able to muster the courage to lead his sister to safety, taking her by the hand and guiding her away from the immediate danger.
The attack left him with several painful wounds around his face and eye, which required a total of 90 stitches in hospital.
News of Bridger’s heroic actions found its way to social media thanks to his aunt, with Bridger garnering millions of fans all over the world in the process.
Now Downey Jr has joined the growing list of Marvel stars to reach out to Bridger, following on from a message sent by Captain America actor Chris Evans, who also sent the youngster his very own Captain America shield.
“Bridger, you’re a rock star,” said Downey Jr in a video message.
“I play Tony [Stark], that makes me an old friend of Cap’s. I heard he sent a shield your way: I’m going to do one better.
"You call me on your next birthday, I got something special for you. Late. By the way – that’s a promise; a promise beats a shield.”
Evans had previously messaged the boy with a similarly sweet message of his own.
“Hey Bridger, “I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about this over the last few days, but let me be the next one to tell you—pal, you’re a hero,” he said.
“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.”
The Avengers star went on to tell Bridger he had arranged for Walker to be sent an authentic Captain America shield because, as Evans explained, “pal, you deserve it.”
“Keep being the man you are—we need people like you,” Evans added. “Hang in there. I know recovery might be tough, but based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there’s much that can slow you down.”
Bridger, 6 years old, saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He knew he would get hurt, but he did it anyway. He’s a hero.
So, we made this happen. One of the most fulfilling things, ever, huge thanks to Chris Evans.
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— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) July 16, 2020
A video shared online captured Bridger’s stunned reaction as he watched the video, while decked out in a Captain America costume.