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Officer goes above and beyond to help 13-year-old boy

BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- When a 13-year old boy called police, upset over fighting with his mom, one officer went above and beyond to help the teen out.

Cameron Simmons called Sumter, SC police a few weeks ago, telling police he didn't want to live with his mother anymore. Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to his call.

"I said, you have it good," Officer Acerra said. "You have a roof over your head. I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now."

When Officer Acerra brought Cameron home he noticed the boy didn't have a real bed, or nearly anything he should for a bedroom.

"My heart went out for him," Officer Acerra said. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him to make him a happier kid." And give he did. A bed, TV, desk, chair and Wii game system.

"He said to me, now my back won't hurt when I sleep," Cameron said.

Officer Acerra is getting a lot of praise for what he's done but says he didn't do it for the publicity. "I did it because I could," Officer Acerra said. "It was the right thing to do and I think people should do things like this... I put a smile on this kids face, and a friendship. I think that's well worth it."


Source: WBFF-TV

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