Elderly Cancer Patient Calls 911 Because He Ran Out of Food; Operator Comes to the Rescue

When Clarence Blackmon returned home from cancer treatment, he panicked because his refrigerator was empty

The story is heartbreaking, but the outcome is hopeful.

When Clarence Blackmon, 81, a cancer patient in Fayetteville, North Carolina, returned home from a round of cancer treatment and rehab, he found himself in an alarming situation: his fridge and pantries were empty. In his condition, Blackmon had no way of getting to the store. So, hungry and  desperate, Blackmon tried the first solution that came to mind: he called 911.

"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, according to the local ABC syndicate. He then asked the operator if she would get him some groceries.

The heartbreaking scenario was quickly remedied by heroic 911 operator Marilyn Hinson, who, after getting permission from her manager, bought groceries for Blackmon and delivered them in person, even making him a ham sandwich.

Blackmon referred to Hinson as his “angel” and told ABC, "It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear. I thought, 'Jesus, you answered those prayers!'"


The elderly man has been set up with a home nurse who will check on him twice a week.