South Carolina police officer responds to domestic call and comes back with furniture for teen

Officer Gaetano Acerra found out that 13-year-old Cameron Simmons was sleeping on an inflatable mattress and decided to help him out.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM   |   Comments

SUMTER , S.C., May 9 (UPI) -- South Carolina Police Officer Gaetano Acerra, who responded to a domestic call from a 13-year-old boy, did more than just serve and protect -- he helped decorate.

Cameron Simmons called the police because he was upset over a fight with his mom. Acerra responded to the Simmon's call and brought him home, even though the teen said he didn't want to live at his house anymore.

When Acerra got to Simmons' house, he found out that the boy didn't have any bedroom furniture and was sleeping on an air mattress that would constantly deflate.

He told Simmons to stay positive and that he would be back.

"I said, 'You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" Acerra told WIS TV. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now. My heart went out for him. I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."

Acerra returned in a few weeks with a truck-load of gifts for Simmons.

"Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them," said Acerra. "I didn't do this for publicity or to get people to notice me. I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this."

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