State Trooper Goes Above and Beyond to Comfort Children During Halloween Tragedy
When four children in Newborn, Georgia lost their parents just before trick-or-treating, one Georgia State Trooper went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure they were comforted.
Donald and Crystal Howard had left their home to buy face paint when their SUV left the road and hit a tree, killing them instantly. Trooper Nathan Bradley was left in charge of breaking the news to their four children.
The grandmother of the children, aged 6 to 13, gave Trooper Bradley permission not to tell them. “The first thing I said was, ‘Hey lets go get something to eat,’” Bradley said. “They said, ‘My parents will be here soon.’ I said, ‘Your Grandma wants you to hang out with me till she gets here." He treated Justin, Amaya, Damien and Travion to dinner, movies and Halloween candy at the Monroe State Patrol post followed by a sleepover.
They weren't told about their parents’ accident until the next morning when their grandmother arrived.
All the kindness came from a young state trooper who didn't want to ruin Halloween for his four new friends.
“It’s the first time in the line of duty I told someone I loved them and I do love them,” Bradley said. “I care about them a lot.”
Bradley started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise expenses for the funeral so that the parents can be buried in Florida, where the children will be moving in with grandparents.