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Fallen Soldier’s Child Gets Escort To Daddy-Daughter Dance

CBS Chicago logoCBS Chicago 2/9/2018

It’s Daddy-Daughter Dance night at Our Lady Of Humility School in Beach Park.

And for 5-year-old Cayleigh Hinton and family, it’s bittersweet, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

“This was a very special day because were celebrating my Dad,” the girl says.

Cayleigh’s dad, Illinois National Guard Sgt. Terrance Hinton, died in a training accident in May.

Another soldier – Illinois National Guard 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt — stepped in as Cayleigh’s special escort on Wednesday.

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

Sgt. Bierbrodt wasn’t the only person making this kindergartner’s night special. Upon arrival by limo, Cayleigh was greeted by area firefighters, police officers and Patriot Guard members.

Her Dad, though, was on her mind.

“He always wants me to be happy,” she says.

And Cayleigh was. Her sadness, set aside, with help from a stranger-turned-friend.

Sgt. Hinton also served in Afghanistan and Kuwait. He was killed last mother’s day.



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