After losing her father, a soldier steps up to take a young girl to a daddy-daughter dance.

For many girls and women, daddy-daughter dances are a part of growing up. There are many happy memories to be had during school dances, and it’s a terrific chance to bond with your father. But what is a girl to do if she lacks a father? A large group of soldiers and servicemembers stepped forward to make one little girl’s night memorable.

Soldier takes daughter of fallen serviceman to school dance

Cayleigh Hinton was just four years old when her father died in a military training accident. She had no one to accompany her to her school’s impending daddy-daughter dance without her father. This was a memorable occasion for many families, and her mother was unsure what to do.

So she requested that someone from the National Guard take her daughter to the dance. She and her late husband had long discussed this moment, and she was determined to make it happen for her.

When First Sergeant Joseph Bierbrodt saw the request, he felt up to the challenge.
From his point of view, «it had to be done.» He elaborated further to ABC 7 Chicago, saying:

Soldier takes daughter of fallen serviceman to school dance

«It wasn’t even a choice for me.» It is an honor for me to be able to accomplish this for her.»

Sergeant Bierbrodt approved the request and began making plans to make it a memorable night for Cayleigh.

Sergeant Bierbrodt had never met the family. He simply felt it was the proper thing to do, and he wanted to make Cayleigh’s night as spectacular as possible.

As a father, he understood that if the opportunity occurred, he would want someone to do this for his children. According to the Chicago Tribune, he says:

«It is a huge honor for me to be able to do this.» We never forget those who have left, nor do we abandon their families.»

After losing her father, a soldier steps up to take a young girl to a daddy-daughter  dance. - BlogNews

He also brought some wonderful gifts. He arrived with a bunch of flowers, as any gentleman would. He also gave his date a teddy bear and a pet dog that his own daughters had adored.

Sergeant Bierbrodt didn’t just act alone. A large group of people collaborated.

In addition to a limo to transport the couple to the dance, a large group of service members gathered to accompany them. Arriving at the Our Lady of Humility School, where the dance was being held, were the Patriot Guard, police, and firefighters in addition to Sergeant Bierbrodt and Cayleigh.

And Cayleigh got the royal treatment that night. She was dressed to the nines with sparkling heels, a party dress, and a cape to go with it. She even had a corsage to go with her gown.

Despite the sparkle and glamour, there was still time to pay tribute to Cayleigh’s father.

Cayleigh made the opportunity on her special day to commemorate her father. He had talked about bringing her to a daddy-daughter dance eventually, but they never had the time. But, Jillian Hinton, Cayleigh’s mother, says, their young daughter had him with her in spirit.

Soldier steps up to take little girl to daddy-daughter dance after she  loses father

«He’s certainly present in spirit.» I heard Cayleigh talking to him while she was getting ready, and I have no doubt she has him with her tonight.”

They danced the whole night at the school gymnasium, and Cayleigh and Sergeant Bierbrodt came away with some very special memories. Since some other military members and firefighters also escorted her to the dance, Cayleigh made sure to dance with each and every officer who was with her.

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