Elderly man calls 911 for food because he couldn’t move

Clarence Blackmon, 81, called 911 after returning from the hospital for months of cancer treatments because there was no food in his refrigerator and he was hungry and unable to move. (Photo: WTVD via ABC News)

After finally returning home from spending months in the hospital, an elderly man had no one to turn to when he was hungry and had no food. So, he dialed 911.

“I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my d–n chair.” Clarence Blackmon, 81, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, told the 911 operator, according to 8News’ ABC affiliate WTVD in Durham.

“I said, ‘I’m not broken, I’m not bleeding, and I’m not in crisis. I just want somebody to help me buy some food,'” he told ABC News.

What the 911 operator did next, though, will touch your heart.


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“He was hungry,” 911 operator Marilyn Hinson told WTVD. “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.”

An hour and a half later, Hinson showed up at Blackmon’s door, carrying a box of groceries. She had all his favorites: a head of cabbage, green beans, pickled beets and Pepsi. And then she stayed and made him a few ham sandwiches.

“I was overwhelmed,” Blackmon said.

Blackmon had a stroke about a year and a half ago and said 911 operators saved his life. He spent the past six months in a rehabilitation facility and told WTVD that he’s also battling cancer.

Hinson gave him her number and told him to call if he needs anything.

“She is such a delightful lady,” Blackmon said. “It’s amazing. Us little people need a helping hand every once in a while. Most of the time, we get overlooked. We’re still here.”

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