13-year-old Cameron Simmons found out the best way possible what the law enforcement credo of “to protect and serve” means when an officer from his home town stuck his neck out for the troubled teen and used his own money to lend a hand.
Simmons had gotten into an argument with his mother which caused him to call police and let them know he was done living with her. When Officer Gaetano Acerra arrived on the scene, he encouraged the boy to stick it out.
“I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'” the officer told the local news.
While in the home, Acerra noticed that Simmons didn’t have it so good. For example, the teen didn’t have a bed or other simple things the rest of us take for granted. So Acerra gave Simmons his cell phone number and said he would try to help him.
“I did it because I could. It was the right thing to do,” he said.
What did he do? He bought Simmons a bed so he could sleep comfortably, a desk to do his school work at, and a Wii entertainment system to occupy his free time. How’s that for good hearted?
“Now I can sleep without my back hurting,” the teen said.
Acerra’s brother is the MMA fighter Ferdinando Acerra, who posted about the kind gesture on his Facebook wall. Since then others have offered to help to young boy.
Acerra has tried to downplay his actions as a true hero, and made the simple comment that “My heart went out for him. I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid,” according to KCTV5-News.
Deeds like this need to be recognized, and this officer is truly a hero for this young man. With so much wrong in our world it’s so awesome to hear about truly benevolent acts such as this, and this officer deserves the attention he’s getting for it.
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