Guardsmen Steps in to take Solider’s Daughter to Daddy/Daughter Dance!


A national guardsman stepped in to take a girl to a dance after the 5-year-old’s father died during a military training accident last year.

First Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt with the Army National Guard took Cayleigh Hinton to the father-daughter dance at her school, Cayleigh’s father, Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in May 2017 in a military training accident in Hawaii. The girl’s mother asked if someone from the National Guard could step in to take the girl to the dance.

“It wasn’t even really a choice for me. I view it as an honor to be able to do this for her,” 

Joseph said although he never met Cayleigh before that night or her father, who died, he felt that taking the girl to the dance “had to be done.” He said, that if he was gone, he would want a soldier to step in for one of his four children in the same situation. I would have done the exact same thing for anyone, no child should ever feel alone and can’t feel like they can’t attend a school function.

Thanks to a ton of people who made this night a magical experience for everyone. They arrived at the school in a limousine and they were escorted by police, firefighters and the Patriot Guard. The duo danced the whole night. Cayleigh’s mom said it will be something she will never forget and she believes her husband was there in spirit!


What a beautiful story, this little girl will remember this for the rest of her life.

Exactly, this is how our heroes stepped up to replace her hero, she will forever miss. 🙁

THANK YOU, First Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt