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Police Officer Buys Needy Teen Bedroom Furniture (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Cameron Simmons, 13, called the police in Sumter, S.C., a few weeks ago because he didn't want to live at home anymore.

Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to Simmons' call, not knowing the boy's circumstances (video below).

"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" Officer Acerra told WIS-TV. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."

After Officer Acerra took Simmons home, he found discovered the teen didn't have a bed or any furniture in his bedroom. Simmons was sleeping on an inflatable mattress that would deflate nightly.

Sometime later, Officer Acerra delivered some gifts to Simmons' house.

"Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them," recalled Officer Acerra.

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According to Officer.com, WIS-TV tracked down Officer Acerra and Simmons after seeing of a photo of the two that Officer Acerra's brother posted on Facebook.

"I didn't do this for publicity or to get people to notice me," stated Officer Acerra. "I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this."

Officer Acerra plans to bring his new friend a dresser and mirror.

People can donate to the Simmons' family online.

Sources: Officer.com and WIS-TV