911 Operator Goes Beyond A Phone Call For 81-Year-Old Cancer Patient

September 8, 2015

When Fayetteville, North Carolina resident 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon returned home one Tuesday after spending months in the hospital for prostate cancer treatments, his refrigerator was empty.

Having nothing to eat, no way to get to the store, and no immediate relatives he could contact, he decided to call the one phone number designed to help people in an emergency: 911.

Operator Marilyn Hinson answered the call. And it was a request unlike anything she’s experienced before.

Blackmon explained his situation to the Hinson and asked if someone could go to the store for him and buy some groceries. He was hoping for some cabbage, a few cans of beans and beets, some popcorn, tomato juice, and soft drinks.

But willing to accept anything, he stated whatever she could do would be most helpful.

And through no obligation, Hinson found it in her heart to personally buy him those groceries.

With her supervisor’s permission, Hinson went to the store and bought the items on his request list. Then, with the help of Fayetteville police officers, she delivered the food in person to Blackmon.

She even made Blackmon a ham sandwich, which he called a feast. And she also made him a couple more sandwiches for later.

“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.”

Blackmon said he will soon have a home health nurse who will check on him twice a week. But for now, and thanks to a guardian angel, he won’t go to bed hungry.

“It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear,” Blackmon said.

Special thanks to ABC11 for providing this story.