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  • In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, dances with 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company, at a father-daughter dance held at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh’s father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, dances with 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company, at a father-daughter dance held at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh’s father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)
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  • In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, gets into a limo that will take her to a father-daughter dance at the Our Lady of Humanity School in Beach Park, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. Cayleigh was escorted to the dance by 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company. Cayleigh's father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017 in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, gets into a limo that will take her to a father-daughter dance at the Our Lady of Humanity School in Beach Park, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. Cayleigh was escorted to the dance by 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company. Cayleigh's father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017 in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)
    Associated Press

  • In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, dances with 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company, at a father-daughter dance held at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh's father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, dances with 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company, at a father-daughter dance held at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh's father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)
    Associated Press

  • In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, dances at a father-daughter dance held at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh was escorted to the dance by 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company based in Fort Sheridan. Cayleigh’s father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, Cayleigh Hinton, daughter of Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, dances at a father-daughter dance held at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh was escorted to the dance by 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company based in Fort Sheridan. Cayleigh’s father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)
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  • In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company, asks Cayleigh Hinton if he can escort her to the father-daughter dance at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh’s father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. Beirbrodt along with Cayleigh and her family were taken to the dance in a limousine escorted by the Patriot Guard, multiple nearby police departments and fire departments. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army, 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan, Ill., with the 933rd Military Police Company, asks Cayleigh Hinton if he can escort her to the father-daughter dance at the Our Lady of Humility School, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Beach Park, Ill. Cayleigh’s father, Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton, died in a training accident May 14, 2017, in Hawaii. Beirbrodt along with Cayleigh and her family were taken to the dance in a limousine escorted by the Patriot Guard, multiple nearby police departments and fire departments. (Staff Sgt. Robert R. Adams/Illinois National Guard/U.S. Army via AP)
    Associated Press

 
 

BEACH PARK, Ill. -- A Northern Illinois kindergartener whose father was killed in a military training accident last year had a date to her first father-daughter dance: A soldier with the Illinois Army National Guard.

The National Guard said in a news release that 5-year-old Cayleigh Hinton of Winthrop Harbor was going to Wednesday night's dance with 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan. The two were escorted to Our Lady of Humility School in Beach Park by a veterans' motorcycle club and members of area police and fire departments.

Army Sgt. Terrence Hinton died in a military truck crash in Hawaii last May. National Guard spokesman Mike Chrisman says Bierbrodt has never met Cayleigh, but volunteered after he thought how much such a gesture would mean to his four children.

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