Elderly Man Calls 911 For Tragically Sad Reason ➠ But Hero Comes To Help
An elderly man in North Carolina called 911 to ask for emergency assistance, but what responders didn’t expect was the kind of request he was asking, as it was a heartbreaking first for the department. Without hesitation, the operator herself immediately responded, arriving at the man’s side to meet his eminent need, which she had come to know all too well through personal experience.
Aging Fayetteville resident, Clarence Blackmon, 81, called the only number he knew to get the help he needed. Emergency operator Marilyn Hinson answered the desperate call and personally responded to the frail man’s plea for food. Blackmon was in the midst of the fight of his life as a cancer patient, which not only robbed him of his health, but his wealth as well. Left penniless and hungry, he was hoping for someone to lend him a snack to satisfy his need for a little nourishment.
The elderly man had prayed for a miracle, and when he called 911, he got it as Marilyn answered. The operator went above and beyond her job description, personally picking up groceries for the needy citizen. Her motive was from personal experience, as she could relate to his hardship and hated to see anyone suffer as she had.
“He was hungry,” Hinson said in a videotaped interview with 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.”
After several months of treatment for his cancer and rehab therapy for it, Blackmon returned home to a barren pantry and fridge. That’s when he called for help with food, having no money or local family to assist him.
“I can’t do anything, I can’t go anywhere, I can’t get out of my damn chair,” he can be heard saying in a recording of his emergency call.
Hinson described the ill man’s needs as being modest at best. All he requested was a little bit of cabbage, some cans of beans and beets, popcorn, tomato juice, and soda — all inexpensive items that would satisfy his hunger and help him to feel full. More