A police officer in Sumter, South Carolina is in the headlines today after he went above the call of duty to help a 13-year-old boy.
13-year-old Cameron Simmons called Sumter police a few weeks back to tell them that he had just gotten into an argument with his mom. The frustrated teenager said he didn’t want to live in his house anymore, so that’s when Officer Gaetano Acerra stepped in.
"I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" said Acerra. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."
When Acerra brought Simmons to his home, he immediately noticed that the boy didn’t have a bed to sleep in.
"My heart went out for him," Acerra told WIS-TV. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."
Acerra did just that. A few weeks after first receiving the call and meeting Simmons, the officer arrived at the boy’s home with a bed, a television, a desk, a chair, and a Wii video game system. Simmons told Acerra that he had back problems from sleeping on an air mattress for so long and he was hopeful this would help those problems go away.
"I didn't do this for publicity or to get people to notice me," said Acerra after a news station tracked him down. "I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this."
Acerra says he plans to bring the boy more furniture for his room and has given the child his phone number so that they can remain in contact.