Chris Heerlein hung the dummy from their family's roof and positioned a ladder underneath it to look like the ladder was tipping over, said KVUE.
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Image The display caused a bit more of a stir than the family meant it
A Christmas light display is causing panic.
A day later though, Alfred, a retired veteran, walked by the fake Clark Griswold display and mistakingly thought the dummy was a legitimate human about to fall.
The family put on the convincing decorations in a bid to win the neighborhood's holiday display contest. Some rushed to help, others even called 911.
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Following the incident, the family felt so bad about Alfred's reaction. "We have a very special gift that we would like to give him and we'd like to tell him thank you", Wheless said.
Once he realized it wasn't real, he had a good sense of humor about the whole thing.
He told ABC 13: "I was trying to get him down any way I can".
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As a thank you for his valor, the family gave him a $500 gift card, according to 10TV. "Let me call 911,"' Norwood said to KVUE.
Now they've added a little sign at the bottom of the display to warn passerby that the mannequin isn't real saying: 'Clark Griswold is part of our Christmas light display. "Then I thought, 'Oh my God I hope he's not dead, lemme call 9-1-1'".
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