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 drag heavy equipment when the motorist, another soldier, lost control of the vehicle. The truck flipped over, tragically killing Hinton. The 36 -year-old, who’d had participated in Afghanistan and Kuwait, left with his wife, Jillian, and his five-year-old daughter, Cayleigh. They’ve spent the past year grieving, but the support from other servicemen has been amazing — especially when it is a matter hour 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 possibility, offering Cayleigh pink develops on the big nighttime and asking to be her date. She gladly accepted.
Cayleigh must have felt like a princess in her blue gown 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.