After planning to run away from home, this boy made a call to the police and told them he didn’t want to live there anymore. The officer showed up and told him “you have it good” … until he looked in his room. That’s when the cop knew he had to do something.
Cameron Simmons, 13, from Sumter in South Carolina made a call to the police after he had a fight with his mom. He told Officer Gaetano Acerra, who responded to the call, that he wanted to run away. Acerra told him he would try to help.
“I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,’” Acerra told WIS-TV. “I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now.”
After looking in his room, however, Acerra discovered one of the reasons Cameron wanted to run away—he did not have a real bed and had been sleeping on the floor.
Cameron was sleeping on an inflatable mattress that deflated slowly throughout the night, causing his back to hurt.
“My heart went out for him. I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid,” Acerra said.
Acerra showed up at Cameron’s house a few weeks later with furniture for him.
“Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them,” Acerra said.
“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,” Acerra explained.
Acerra also gave Cameron his personal cell phone number and told him he could call him anytime. In helping young Cameron, it seems that Officer Acerra has now won a friend for life!