A 13-year-old wanted to flee his home, but a cop’s act of kindness changed his mind.

Cameron Simmons, 13, didn’t realize he’d be getting a friend when he called the Sumter Police Department in distress. Officer Gaetano Acerra arrived at Cameron’s house and learned that the young boy was so upset with his mother that he no longer wanted to live there. He claimed his mother was yelling at him for playing video games with his older brother. Officer Acerra soon discovered, however, that there was more to it than that.

Officer Acerra entered Cameron’s home and discovered that Cameron’s bedroom was completely empty. He didn’t have a bed, and his clothes were piled in a garbage bag. The officer discovered that Cameron’s mother was struggling after being forced to relocate to South Carolina from Texas to care for a sick relative. Officer Acerra felt he could assist and decided to see if he could get the young boy some furniture. He returned a few weeks later with a bed, desk, chair, and television, as well as a Wii game system. Cameron and his family were taken aback. Cameron was especially pleased with the bed, telling the officer that “now my back won’t hurt when I sleep.”

Watch the two friends talk about how they met and tell your friends about this officer’s act of kindness.


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