Donald and Crystal Howard were returning home after going to the store to buy face paint for their children, when they lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. They died on scene.
Trooper Nathan Bradley was one of the troopers who responded to the crash. He went to the couple’s home to notify the next of kin, and were greeted at the door by the Howard’s four children, ages 13, 10, 8, and 6-years-old, all dressed in costumes and waiting for their parents to return home.
He took them to get something to eat. Afterwards he brought the children to the police post. His family brought the children candy, popcorn and a variety of Disney films. Other residents who heard what happened showed up at the post with goodie bags and toys.
The children’s grandmother, Stephanie Oliver, arrived just before dawn. The children were asleep and their grandmother thought it best they not be disturbed. “He kept my grandkids together,” she said. “He is a good man, a good man.”