Policeman buys teen bedroom furniture, TV and more after domestic call

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SUMTER, S.C. — A South Carolina policeman went above and beyond for a 13-year-old boy, furnishing his bedroom with a bed, TV and more.

Thirteen-year-old Cameron Simmons called police a few weeks ago after fighting with his mom. He told police he didn’t want to live with her anymore.

Policeman Gaetano Acerra told Simmons he was more fortunate than some.

140508091418-dnt-cop-buys-teen-bedroom-furniture-00013606-tablet-large“I said, ‘You have it good. You have a roof over your head,’ and I told him I would try to help him out,” Acerra said.

He gave his cell phone number to Simmons’ mother and noticed Simmons didn’t have anything in his bedroom. Not even a bed.

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

And he did.

“Bed, TV, desk, chair, a Wii game system that somebody donated to me because of the story I told them,” Acerra said.

Now Simmons is sleeping like a King in his queen-sized bed.

“He said to me, ‘Now my back won’t hurt when I sleep.'”

Acerra said he didn’t help Simmons for the publicity.

“I did it because I could,” he said. “And it was the right thing to do, and I think people should do things like this.”

Acerra plans to provide Simmons with more furniture like a dresser and a mirror in the future.

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