Girl who lost dad in Hawaii military crash gets special stand-in for father-daughter dance

(Image: Illinois National Guard)
(Image: Illinois National Guard)

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kindergartner Cayleigh Hinton, whose father died in a military training accident on the Big Island last year, didn't get a chance to take her own dad to her school's father-daughter dance.

So Illinois National Guard soldier stepped in to play the part Wednesday night.

First Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt had never met Hinton before, but he volunteered to escort her to Our Lady of Humility School in Beach Park, Ill. for the dance, greeting her with a bouquet of flowers and a limo awaiting her arrival.

He said he wasn't much of a dancer, but he thought about his four children and how such a gesture would be so meaningful to them.

Hinton said that despite not having her dad around, it was still a "special day."

"I just want to celebrate my dad because I'm very sad about him and I want to celebrate this happy day," Hinton said.

Hinton's father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a military truck crash on the Big Island last May.

Police said a 20-year-old man was driving a tractor-trailer when he lost control, struck a guardrail and ended up in an embankment. Hinton was the front-seat passenger at the time.

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