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Christmas decoration of 'man' hanging off roof makes walker dial 911

04 December 2018

Earlier this week, a Northwest Austin family put up a display paying homage to the Warner Bros National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation scene where Clark Griswold hangs from the roof of his house while trying to put up Christmas lights.

After a few moments pass by, the passer-by can be heard yelling for help to people passing by - then called emergency services. It reads, "Clark G is part of our Christmas display, please do not call 911".

'He was doing everything he could to get the ladder and save Clark, ' Wheless said to ABC.

The next day a passerby reportedly saw the display and panicked, thinking a real person was hanging from the gutter.

Even though the incident caused chaos, the family felt bad about the reaction and wanted to thank the person who expressed concern.

"We'd love to be able to find him and reach out".

Alfred, who eventually realized that the Clark Griswold decorations weren't real, had a sense of humor about the holiday mishap.

In the clip Norwood is seen frantically running to the mannequin screaming 'Please hold on!' and calling to nearby cars for help.

He added he was confused when he was trying to rescue him and "he never said nothing".

As for Alfred, the Heerleins say they're giving him a $500 gift card to show their appreciations for his caring actions.

"Then I thought, 'Oh my God I hope he's not dead, let call 911'".

"She was scared that something like this was going to happen and I said, 'No one will think this is real, '" Chris told Inside Edition.

Christmas decoration of 'man' hanging off roof makes walker dial 911