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Just wait until you see what this officer did from the Sumter Police Department in South Carolina

Courtesy of ABCNEWS South Carolina

Touching Reason Distraught Teen Now Sleeps Like a King

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It's not the type of emergency phone call the Sumter Police Department in South Carolina gets too terribly often, but what happened after Officer Gaetano Acerra responded is even more rare.

"He called and was very distraught and very upset," Acerra, 24, told ABC News of the unusual call they received from 13-year-old, Cameron Simmons. "He was threatening to run away and leave the house. That's all the information I had."

When Acerra responded to the call, Cameron was across the street from his home at a corner convenience store. The boy had uCourtesy Gaetano Acerrased the store's phone to dial 911 to tell them he no longer wished to live at his home.

"He was so upset," Acerra recalled of their initial interaction about a month ago. "I asked him questions about why he didn't want to live there, and I was complimenting him on his clothes. He had nice clothes and shoes on."

Although Cameron's reason for wanting to run away that day may seem minor, because, he told Acerra, his mother was yelling at him for using his older brother's gaming system, what the police officer found when he returned the boy home was not something he could easily forget.

"He took me to his room and it was four walls, two windows and hardwood floor," Acerra explained. "It was just empty. He had his clothes on the ground in a black garbage bag. I asked him where he sleeps and he said, 'Sometime on the couch and sometimes on a blow-up mattress.'"

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Cameron's bleak response pulled on the officer's heart strings, as it now has done for so many people worldwide, from the Philippines to Denmark, who have heard what the kind police officer did next.

For the next few weeks, unbeknownst to Cameron, his mother or brother, who have fallen on hard times after abruptly moving from Texas to South Carolina to help take care of a sick relative, Acerra worked hard to gather some essential items for the family, but most of all, a proper bedroom for the little boy.....Plese visit the link


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Thanks for posting Dex!

ChristianAnarchist's picture

Yes, there are some good

Yes, there are some good cops. It's a shame that we have to find something like this as a "rare" event. Used to be the norm back in the day when we had "peace officers" instead of "law enforcement officers"...

Beware the cult of "government"...

scawarren's picture

Those were my thoughts as

Those were my thoughts as well, ChristianAnarchist.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

The good old days

I have very distinct wonderful memories of our neighborhood beat cop.

It was NYC West 79th Street about 1962. His name was Junior. Very tall and so handsome. Beautiful blues eyes. All the neighborhood moms were madly in love with him. I know I was, and I was only 10.
I remember racing to the corner every day after school knowing Junior would be there to stop the traffic so we could cross. I remember wrapping my arms around his legs and always getting a big hug back. He would play hand ball with us and I remember he took a few turns at hop scotch. Those were the days.

Someone slipped up and hired

Someone slipped up and hired a good one! LOL

Honestly nice to see a good story it's a nice change from all the horror we typically hear about the police state.

LOL, good one. Now the guy in

LOL, good one. Now the guy in HR that is supposed screen out non-sociopaths, and those with IQ's over 85, might lose his job.

Now, that's Protect and Serve at its finest...

and we need more like him.

Some mama raised her boy right.

Wait until CPS gets wind of

Wait until CPS gets wind of this, and they might now even if the officer didn't do a referral. When CPS gets involved they will deem this neglect and take all minors from that household into custody without a warrant (in violation of the 4th and 14th). The kid will go into foster care where he is 6x more likely to be molested, raped, abused, or killed than in his family home. Then they will railroad the poor parent to eventually terminate all parental rights. Then its adoption if there are any willing families. Seldom do they attempt to place with kin. Its nice that he got some new amenities from the officer, but it won't do him any good if he is sitting in state care for 18 months.


Come on Victoria, look to the goodness in man. There is a balance of good and bad. There is also momentum in our thoughts and words. Let's celebrate this kind act.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.



For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

scawarren's picture

Nice one, Dex we need more

Nice one, Dex we need more young men like Accerra. His type should be the norm on the force but unfortunately it's not.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain