The Heerlein family placed a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their Austin, Texas, home, with a ladder tipping beneath him.
A veteran passing by thought it was the real thing and wrestled the ladder up while shouting, "Can you reach it?"
KVUE-TV reports the man called police, who arrived and advised the family they were getting calls about the display.
They have since put up a sign that says "Clark G is part of our Christmas display please do not call 911."
Information from: KVUE-TV, http://www.kvue.com
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