But the dangling person didn't respond.
The Heerlein family in Austin had decked out their home as a tribute to "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", complete with a mannequin dressed as Chevy Chase charter Clark Griswold hanging from the roof. It also nearly gave a man a heart attack, Hannah Newman Heerlein posted to Facebook. He alerted her that they've previously seen this local display, and that someone placed an emergency call over it.
'He was doing everything he could to get the ladder and save Clark, ' Wheless said to ABC.
Police reportedly came to the home to find the man was a dummy. "And be like 'Save Clark!'" Heerlein's sister-in-law, Leah Wheless, told KVUE. "Whatever he had to do, he was going to save old Clark Griswold".
The family has also reached out to the passerby to thank him for his concern, according to KVUE.
They could hear him give his number to the 9-1-1 operator over the Nest Cam.
As for the man who rushed in to help because he thought there was danger, the family says they're giving him a $500 gift card to show their appreciation for his caring actions.
Luckily, the passerby, a retired veteran, had a good sense of humor about the situation once he realized it wasn't real.
Norwood was captured running toward the home then trying to wrestle the ladder free from a string of lights to get it close to the dummy's feet.
'Exept when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!' Alfred said over the phone to KVUE. And even 911 calls.