updated 05/09/2014 AT 12:50 PM ET
•originally published 05/09/2014 AT 11:45 AM ET
A Sumter, South Carolina, teen is finally getting a good night’s sleep thanks to the actions of a local police officer.
A few weeks ago, Officer Gaetano Acerra received a call from a distraught 13-year-old, reports WSMV. Cameron Simmons phoned the police department after getting into an argument with his mother and told Acerra he no longer wanted to live with his family.
After the call, the officer visited Simmons at home to check in and found the teen was living in a bare room with no real bed. Instead, Simmons slept on an air mattress, which he said often deflated during the night.