81-year-old Cancer Patient Calls 911 For Food

81-year-old Cancer Patient Calls 911 For Food
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After spending months in the hospital and rehab, Clarence Blackmon returned home and found his refrigerator empty. He had nothing to eat. Finding no other way, he called 911 to help him get some food. The dispatchers did deliver the food to the elderly man in no time.


Blackmon’s call was received by operator Marilyn Hinson, who without wasting time, shopped grocery items and juices for Blackmon and delivered the food personally with the assistance Fayetteville police officers.

“I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my damn chair,” Blackmon said in his 911 call.

Blackmon told the operator he wanted a head of cabbage, a few cans of beans and beets, some popcorn, tomato juice and soft drinks.

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With the permission of her supervisor, Hinson left for the grocery store and shopped for Blackmon.

“He was hungry,” Hinson said. “I’ve been hungry. A lot of people can’t say that, but I can, and I can’t stand for anyone to be hungry.”

Hinson not only shopped for the old man but also prepared ham sandwich. She also made some extra sandwiches to eat later. Blackmon enjoyed the sandwiches and called it a feast.

Blackmon said the food was a blessing.

“It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear,” Blackmon said. “I thought, ‘Jesus, you answered those prayers!'”

Blackmon said he would soon get a home health nurse to get him checked twice a week. Moved by Hinson’s generosity, he thanked the operator.