EMS respond to Houston Northcutt fixture

  • Friday, November 1, 2013

Hassie Holmes’ bike at the spot where he sells newspapers and periodicals. PHOTO BY MARK SMITH


Longtime Mount Pleasant newspaper and magazine icon Hassie Holmes was taken in by Charleston County EMS on Sunday ,Oct. 20. Mount Pleasant Police, Fire department and several local residents responded and helped Holmes get some help he needed, according to eye-witness Mark Smith.

Hassie Holmes is getting “wonderful care” at East Cooper Regional Medical Center, he told Smith. He stated, “I got hit by a vehicle last Friday on my bike going to work and my health started failing afterwards.” He was glad that he was “strongly encouraged” to get some help and “get checked out. I’m not sure when I will get out but I’m thankful that the sun came up today,” he told Smith and then he sang a line from the musical Annie ‘The sun will come up tomorrow.’

If anyone wants to donate any money for his care and rehab, Capital Bank at 651 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard has an account set up for his benefit.

Mount Pleasant resident Ellen Bishop saw the Facebook posting about Holmes’ condition and wanted to do something to help. She banks at Capital Bank and asked Charlie Gamble, assistant branch manager, if a donation fund could be set up in Holmes’ name.

“I only know Hassie like everybody else does,” said Bishop. “I just wanted to do something nice.”

Gamble agreed. Donations have been pouring in and many, who don’t even bank there, have come in to support the effort, he said.

Donations can be made in person, by mail or by using the night drop. Explicit instructions must be included so that the donation goes straight to the Hassie Holmes Fund. Stop by or mail a check to the Hassie Holmes Fund at 651 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464.

Mount Pleasant Police Department Spokesperson Maj. Stan Gragg said that no reports were filed in regards to Holmes being involved in a pedestrian versus auto accident.


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