National Lampoon-themed Christmas display causes panic

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The Heerlein family paid homage to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation by recreating the scene where Clark the dad hangs off the roof while putting up Christmas lights.

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. "And be like 'Save Clark!'" Heerlein's sister-in-law, Leah Wheless, told KVUE.

Christmas decorations at a family's home in Texas caused panic to a passerby.

They bought a dummy online and put a Clark Griswold mask on it, then scoured Goodwill for clothes that look exactly like the ones Chevy Chase wears in the movie.

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 man yelled, "Help!" and called 911.

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Austin police eventually arrived after the 911 call.

The family has also reached out to the passerby to thank him for his concern, according to KVUE.

The family now has a sign attached to the bottom of the ladder saying the dummy is part of their holiday display and not to call emergency officials. "We have a very special gift that we would like to give him and we'd like to tell him thank you", Wheless said. And even 911 calls.

The family gave him a $500 gift card to show their appreciation for his good deed.

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