Officer Acerra responded to a distress call from a 13-year-old boy who didn’t want to live at home anymore.
The boy had just had a fight with his mom, who was disciplining him for playing with his brother’s video games.
When Acerra sat down with the boy, he realized the issues at home ran deeper than this one fight.
He only knew this because he listened. That’s right, he stopped everything and listened to what the upset teen was saying. He could tell something was wrong.
The teen confessed that he didn’t want to live at home anymore. Officer Acerra told him he had a good roof over his head and that he would try to help in any way he could.
He didn’t want to see the teen torn from his family.
He brought the teen home and was asked to come inside. He didn’t hesitate. No matter what was behind the door, it was his duty to check it out now.
When he got to the teen’s room, he understood the problem.
The teen barely had anything in his room… not even a bed. “My heart went out for him,” Acerra said.
He immediately began brainstorming all the little things he could contribute to this teen’s life to make it even just a little better and more comfortable. It was obvious his family had fallen on hard times.
Officer Acerra returned to the scene with a bed, chair, desk, TV, donated Wii games, and more.
The room was now something the teen could have only dreamed about before.
The teen couldn’t be happier. He told his new crime-fighting friend, “Now my back won’t hurt when I sleep.”
This gift is definitely above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Acerra became an everyday hero to this teen.
Officer Acerra has gotten quite a lot of praise from this act of kindness but says he didn’t do it for the publicity.
He really, truly cares. These are the kind of officers that make communities feel safer.
“I did this because I could and it was the right thing to do.”
It sure was. And now this teen knows who to call in case anything else comes up… like a Wii tournament.SHARE this heartwarming story with everyone you know.
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