Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley responded to a car crash on Oct. 31 in Morgan County where two parents were killed while going out to get Halloween makeup for their kids (video below).
Bradley wrote on a GoFundMe fundraising page that he, a county deputy and the deputy coroner went to the couple's house and found their four kids dressed in costumes.
The children's grandmother, who lives in South Florida, was notified, but was going to have to travel all night to be with her grandchildren.
Bradley decided not to tell the kids that their parents had died because he "wanted to preserve these kids' Halloween and the ones to come."
"I ran over to the kids and asked if any of them would like to go eat with me," he wrote. "Again, they mentioned their parents would be arriving soon. It was important to me that I would not lie to them. I acknowledge their statement and threw out that their grandmother would be meeting with us later that evening."
Bradley took the kids out to eat, watched movies with them and put them to bed. They found out about their parents' deaths on Nov. 1 instead of Halloween.
“I care a lot about them, I really do and I want to watch them succeed," Bradley told WSB-TV. "I don't want this tragedy to shadow the rest of their life."
“Our purpose was to preserve their future holidays as far as Halloween goes," he added. "We didn't want them to relate this tragedy to Halloween. "We want them to relate it to Nov. 1.”
Bradley started the fundraising page to help the family pay for the funeral costs and the kids' relocation to Florida. So far, the page has raised over $200,000.