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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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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