Officer gives teen a bed
Check this out: A police officer in Sumter, South Carolina goes beyond his call-of-duty to help out an upset teenager in need.
"My heart went out for him."
13-year-old Cameron Simmons called Sumter Police a few weeks ago. He was upset after fighting with his mom, and told the police he didn't want to live there anymore. Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to his call.
"I said you have it good. You have a roof over your head... and I told him that I'd try to help him out."
"I thought the little things he needed, I could give him to make, you know, him a happier kid."
The Sumter Police Department posted a photo of the two hugging in front of Cameron's home. The post read:
"He saw that a young boy was sleeping on a floor because he didn't have a bed, and did his homework there as well. The officer decided to get this young man a bed to sleep on, a desk to do his homework, and a Wii to have some fun."
Acerra has been getting a lot of attention for this deed, and says he didn't do it for publicity.
"I did it because I could, and it was the right thing to do."
According to WIS-TV, Cameron's mom didn't want to be on camera, but says they're blessed the officer came into their lives.
"I'm glad I could help you. I want you to know that."
Acerra says he plans to get the teen a mirror and dresser, too. The two have formed a friendship, and Acerra wants to stay in touch with Cameron and make a positive impact in the boy's life.
This story might remind you of another officer whose unselfish character gained a lot of news attention back in March.
Officer Neil Rocha gave back to his San Antonio community by dedicating his work break to a game of one-on-one basketball with a kid he didn't even know.
Definitely two officers who go beyond the call of duty.