Christmas Vacation Display a Little Too Realistic

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The Heerlein family in Austin, Texas wanted to win a neighborhood holiday contest, so they made it into a replica of the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation…complete with Clark Griswold hanging from the roof. Only it was so realistic, one veteran thought it was real and attempted to rescue the dummy.

In the movie, “Clark Griswold” played by Chevy Chase, got tangled in the Christmas lights as he was attempting to put them around the house. He ended up hanging from the roof and couldn’t reach the ladder with his relatives below hoping he’d break his neck.

As passerby, a veteran only identified as “Alfred,” saw the dummy hanging from the edge of the roof, he ran over and tried to get the ladder to him.

“Oh mister, please hold on!”

“I was trying to get him down anyway I can. Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!…Then I thought, ‘Oh my God, I hope he’s not dead, lemme call 9-1-1.”

When the police arrived, everything was sorted out. And ‘Mr. Griswold’ was left still hanging from the roof. (He had a lot of bad luck in that movie, and so did his cat.. Just sayin’.)

“He was doing everything he could to get the ladder! And be like ‘Save Clark!’ He didn’t give up. Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold.” Chris Heerlein’s sister-in-law, Leah Wheless

A review of the 911 tape found Alfred. The family felt so bad about the incident that they gave him a gift card for all his trouble. They have since put up a sign that asks people not to call 911 over the mannequin hanging from the roof.

Some of the responses to KVUE’s post on the subject tagged each other’s friends. But there were some grinches who didn’t find it funny. We suspect Alfred got a kick out of his confusion, and especially since he received something in return. But it shows the great heart of a man who wanted to rescue someone in need, so Alfred…thank you for being a credit to your former service!

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