Teen Calls Cops on Family; Cop Buys Him a Bed
South Carolina officer goes beyond call of duty to help needy teen
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 9, 2014 4:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Few calls to police go quite as well as the one 13-year-old Cameron Simmons placed a few weeks ago. After an argument with his mom, the Sumter, SC, teen called the police to say he was done living with his family. Officer Gaetano Acerra soon arrived and told Simmons to stick it out. "I said, 'You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" Acerra tells WISTV 10. But Acerra saw that Simmons didn't have it so good; his bedroom, for example, lacked a bed.

Acerra gave the teen his number and said he'd try to help. Weeks later he showed up in a truck bearing a bed, a TV, a desk, a chair, and even a Wii. "I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do." Since WISTV aired the story, the police department says people have called asking how they, too, can help the family. Acerra's brother is MMA fighter Ferdinando Acerra, and his Facebook post about the good deed also is generating offers of help, notes the Huffington Post. (Click to read about another police officer who played Good Samaritan, this time after a shoplifting arrest.)

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May 12, 2014 11:30 AM CDT
Nice story, Officer Gaetano Acerra is a kind and generous man. Still, I'd like to know why the kid didn't have a bed. Anyway, hope the kid grows up to be a decent human being.
May 12, 2014 11:20 AM CDT
Years ago, here in DC, a local newspaper had "Action Line," a forum for people to air their problems. One such article was a family lamenting, paraphrased here: 'We so po' we can't afford no crib, our baby has to sleep in the box the color TV came in.' This is absolutely true!!! some good Samaritan bailed them out with a crib. Dupe!!!
May 11, 2014 10:27 AM CDT
Nice story. There are some awesome cops out there that really care. Sometimes we all need a little help and a little bit of encouragement. What this officer did may have a ripple effect and change many lives. Way to go. I don't understand how everything good or bad has to do with politics, some people try to help others, some people try to hurt others. Everyone is different. I'm just glad to see a news story about a decent cop that really cares and doesn't just mouth the words, he lives it. Kudos.