In May 2017, Army Sergeant Terrence Hinton passed away in a military training collision in Honoululu, Hawaii.
Hinton had been in the passenger seat of a tractor-trailer truck carrying heavy equipment when the driver, another soldier, lost control of private vehicles. The truck flipped over, tragically killing Hinton. The 36 -year-old, who’d served in Afghanistan and Kuwait, left with his wife, Jillian, and his five-year-old daughter, Cayleigh. They’ve spent the past year mourning, but the supporting from other servicemen has been amazing — especially when it came day for the kindergartener to attend her school’s father-daughter dance.
Jillian wanted to make sure the dance would still be special for her little girl, so she reached out to the National Guard and asked whether any soldiers would like to be Cayleigh’s escort. First Sergeant Joseph Bierbrodt hopped at the chance, offering Cayleigh pink climbs on the big night and asking to be her date. She gladly accepted.
Cayleigh must have felt like a princess in her blue garment and cape as she boarded the limo outside her Illinois home. On their style to Our Lady of Humility School in Beach Park, they were followed by a procession of a veterans’ motorcycle fraternity and each member of local police and fire departments.