One of the job requirements Gaetano Acerra signed up for is helping people but what he did for a young boy is going viral because his actions went far beyond the call of duty.
Acerra is a police officer in Sumter, South Carolina who responded to a domestic call in which a young boy got into a fight with his mom.
13-year-old Cameron Simmons told Acerra that he wanted to run away from home.
Acerra told him he had it pretty good until he entered Cameron’s room.
“I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,’” Acerra said.
“I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now.”
The bedroom Cameron led Acerra to had no bed or other furnishings. The teen had been sleeping on the floor.
Cameron had an air mattress that leaked badly so it would deflate through the night, leaving his back hurting as he was essentially lying on the floor night in and night out.
“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 said.
What Acerra did was arrange for Cameron to have proper bedding.
“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,” Acerra explained.
A few weeks after he was called out to Cameron’s house, Acerra returned with a bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that was donated to Officer Acerra for Cameron after he told someone about the young boy and his situation.
Cameron and his brother, Chris, were also given an air hockey table as a gift from a member of the community.
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The other thing Acerra did was give Cameron his personal cell phone number and told him to call him anytime he needs anything, even if it’s just someone to talk to.
Officer Acerra didn’t just give Cameron a proper bedroom, he gave him a friend he can count on.