When This Thirteen-Year-Old Wanted to Run Away from Home, One Police Officer a Difference in the Most Remarkable Way.

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Cameron Simmons called North Carolina’s Sumter Police Department saying he had no desire to live with at home anymore. Like many teenagers, Simmons had become emotionally frustrated with his mother. Whereas we might call it an overreaction, Officer Gaetano Acerra understood that for a thirteen-year-old frustrated at home, it’s not an overreaction; it’s normal. Responding to the scene, Acerra offered young Cameron his personal cell phone number and took him home. There he found a bedroom with no bed, no desk, no dresser – nothing, really, for the teenager to call his own.

Young Cameron shares a hug with Sumter police officer Gaetano Acerra

Acerra’s solution to this? Out of his own checking and savings account, to turn this house into a home. He didn’t do it for publicity or for reputation, but because it was the right thing to do. And he got the best reward out of it – a friend in young Cameron.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.