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‘Help!': Veteran mistakes homeowner’s ‘National Lampoons Christmas Vacation’ decoration of Clark Griswold for person in distress

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Alfred Norwood Jr. ran to help what he thought was a man in distress.

Alfred Norwood Jr. ran to help what he thought was a man in distress.

Screenshot, YouTube

SALT LAKE CITY — A veteran passing by a home in Austin, Texas, had quite a scare when he saw a man who was putting up Christmas lights dangling from the rain gutter.

What happened: According to ABC News, the man in distress was just a mannequin meant to look like Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) from the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation."

  • Alfred Norwood Jr. didn’t know “Clark” — a mannequin dressed with sneakers, a plaid shirt and a vest, along with a trucker hat — was part of the home’s decorations. He ran to help the mannequin in distress as shown by the home’s surveillance footage, per KVUE.
  • ABC News reported that the incident happened the day after the homeowners had put up the decorations.

Watch the video provided by USA Today and KVUE below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlmWbGgy5RM

In the video, Norwood can be seen rushing to get a ladder for “Clark” to help rescue him.

  • WTSP reported that when the "Christmas Vacation" dummy didn’t respond, Norwood Jr. became even more worried and dialed 911.
  • "I was trying to get him down anyway I can. Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!" Norwood said according to KVUE. "Then I thought... 'I hope he's not dead, lemme call 911.'"
  • Police showed up to the house and said they received calls about it before.

Result: When the homeowners found out about the incident, they felt bad for the grief they caused Norwood. ABC News reported that they reached out to him and gave him a gift card as an apology.

The family added a sign to the front yard that read, “Clark G is part of our Christmas display. Please do not call 911.”