Army steps in to escort fallen soldier’s little girl to her first daddy-daughter dance

For most little girls a daddy-daughter dance is a chance to enjoy some wonderful quality time and help make special memories but for one little girl it was a sad reminder.

Five-year-old Cayleigh Hinton lost her father, Illinois National Guard Sgt. Terrance Hinton, just weeks after her fifth birthday and thought she wouldn’t be able to attend the dance she had been so looking forward to sharing with her daddy.

But what the Army decided to do helped make this sweet little girl’s day.


Army Sgt. Hinton, who had served in Afghanistan and Kuwait, died in a military truck crash in Hawaii three weeks after Cayleigh’s fifth birthday last year, according to Cayleigh’s mom, Jillian, as quoted in the Chicago Tribune.

Not wanting Cayleigh to miss out Illinois National Guard 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt stepped in for the big day.

U.S. Army photo

Cayleigh was excited to be able to go, although not having her dad there was difficult. Instead, she took it as an opportunity to celebrate her father.

“This was a very special day, because we’re celebrating my dad,” Cayleigh told WBBM Chicago.

Sgt. Bierbrodt wasn’t the only one there to support Cayleigh. Firefighters, police officers, and other Patriot Guard members all showed up as well. Cayleigh was treated like a princess as she arrived in a limo with a bouquet of flowers.

“Military is a family to me,” Sgt. Bierbrodt said. “Without a doubt, it’s an honor to be able to do something like this for another soldier.”

Watch the video below to see the two dancing together. Seeing Cayleigh dance with her feet on Sgt. Joseph’s is a beautiful sight!

Please share this heartwarming story with your friends and family if you were touched, too!