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One officer in Sumter, SC responded to a call, and went well above and beyond to see it through.

Officer Gaetano Acerra responded to a call from 13 year old  Cameron Simmons, who called 911 after getting into a fight with his mother. He was very upset and didn't want to live with his parents anymore.

Officer Acerra met Cameron across the street from his house and tried to calm him down. "I said, ‘You have it good, you have a roof over your head,'" said Acerra. "I told him I would try to help him out, and here we are now." When Acerra took Cameron back to his house, he saw that Cameron didn't have anything in his room. An inflatable bed, and that was it.

"My heart went out for him," said Acerra. "I thought the little things that he needed I could give him, to make him a happier kid."

And that he did. He planned on taking some of his own money to shop second hand stores to find Cameron furnishing for his bedroom. After hearing what his brother would be doing, Officer Acerra's older brother, Professional fighter Ferdinando Acerra, took to his Facebook to see if he couldn't help raise some more money to give the kid what he needed.


With the money raised, Officer Acerra was able to purchase a Queen size bed, TV, desk, and a chair. Another person donated a Wii game system. Loading his purchases onto a truck, he delivered them to Cameron earlier this week.

A spokesperson from the Sumter Police Department said Thursday since the story broke, Officer Acerra has fielded a few calls from people wanting to help the Simmons family.