South Carolina Police Officer Encounters Teen in Need, Does Something Completely Unexpected (Video)

Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 4.59.42 AMNowadays it seems like a day doesn’t go by where there’s not some horrific story making the news concerning unethical and immoral behavior by police officers somewhere in this country.

But not in this situation.

This is a story of a police officer in Sumter, South Carolina who went above and beyond to help a 13-year-old boy he encountered while responding to a routine call.

That’s when Officer Gaetano Acerra met Cameron Simmons, who explained that after a fight with his mother he no longer wanted to live in his home.  When the officer brought Simmons back home he realized he didn’t have a real bed or much of anything someone would put into a bedroom.

Officer Acerra talked about the situation:

“I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head.’  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.”

Just a few weeks later, Acerra returned to the boy’s house.

“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.”

Soon, Acerra plans to bring the boy a dresser and a mirror for his bedroom as well.  He also gave him his cell phone number and told him to call him anytime.

This is a truly amazing story and I wish we’d hear more like it.  While most officers might have just taken this boy home and ended it there, Acerra couldn’t do that.  Instead, he decided to do more than just “uphold the law” and chose to try to make a difference for a family that could have very well been spiraling toward falling apart.

In a world full of cynicism and seemingly endless negativity, these kinds of stories remind us that there’s still a lot of good left out there.  Kudos to Officer Acerra for going above and beyond the call of duty and truly making a difference in this young man’s life.

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  • Yvonne Pulaski

    What a wonderful heart-warming story ! We are our brother’s keeper ! God bless you Officer Accera !

  • modera8

    This is a great story. In my experience, however, officers tend to be helpful and respectful. They put their lives on the line on a daily basis to improve our society, and I have a lot of respect for that. I suspect a lot of the negative stories start out with people who have negative attitudes about police to begin with. Thank you for sharing.

  • MLR

    God bless Officer Acerra for being more than just a police officer upholding the law. I bet he’s made a big difference in this teen’s life. Most of the time we only hear the negative police stories and it’s nice to hear about the good ones too which I’m sure there’s plenty of out there, we just don’t hear about them.

  • lindylou

    Did his mom have a bed? I might be too cynical, but I wonder how long it will take for “mom” to sell that stuff to buy drugs for her boyfriend.

    • John Masters

      My, but aren’t we quick to judge. I see you’ve been promoted to God. Congratulations Lindylou. Do you know this boy’s mother personally?

  • Ella

    this is nice but seriously, a tv before a dresser and a mirror? our priorities are seriously warped these days.

    • John Masters

      Maybe the officer already had a TV he could give him, or someone else donated one. There’s always someone looking to find the dark lining in a sliver cloud.

    • Jen

      The officer stated that the wii was DONATED. Yes, our priorities are warped, our society thinks that if you are poor, you don’t deserve to have nice things.

  • Norm

    You can’t go wrong doing what’s right!