Georgia police officer takes kids trick-or-treating after kids’ parents die

A Georgia State Patrol Trooper went above and beyond the call of duty after a Halloween tragedy.

Donald and Crystal Howard left their home in Newborn to buy face paint and Halloween candy. They were killed instantly when their SUV flew off the road and hit a tree.

Trooper Nathan Bradley arrived at the home to break the news of the tragedy, and found their four young children preparing to go trick-or-treating.

With their grandmother’s permission, Bradley didn’t tell the children, who ranged in age from 6 to 13, that their parents had died.

Bradley treated Justin, Amaya, Damien and Travion to dinner, movies and Halloween candy at the Monroe State Patrol post, followed by a sleepover.

"The whole purpose was to preserve their Halloween," said Bradley said.

They weren’t told about their parents’ accident until the next morning when their grandmother arrived.

(Copyright 2015 NBC News Channel. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)