The family said they put the display up for a contest.
This is the scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation that the family was recreating with its decorations.
But it turned out that the man wasn't a person at all - it was a mannequin made to look like Clark Griswold, the buffoonish dad played by Chevy Chase in the holiday comedy "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation".
Chris Heerlein suspended the dummy from the roof of his house and placed a ladder underneath the dummy to make it appear as if the ladder had tipped over.
'Can you reach it?' Norwood asked.
Image The display caused a bit more of a stir than the family meant it
An Austin police officer showed up after the 9-1-1 call and spoke to the nanny who was home at the time.
'He was doing everything he could to get the ladder, ' said Heerlein's sister-in-law Leah Wheless.
Norwood was captured running toward the home then trying to wrestle the ladder free from a string of lights to get it close to the dummy's feet. They said several people have called 911. "Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold". "Let me call 911,"' Norwood said to KVUE.
They have also added a sign to the bottom of their display, explaining that the scene is a decoration.
The family was able to find the passerby and gave him a gift card for his troubles, according to GMA.
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