The knock-off was a bit too good. Last week, one day after the installation, Alfred Norwood Jr. stopped his car, jumped out and ran to help the man hanging from the roof.
The tense moment was captured by the host's nest camera.
"Can you reach it? Can you reach it?" Norwood calls the man on the roof, as seen in the video. "Help!" He screams at the road, turns away and runs back to call the police.
When Heerlein learned what had happened, he and his family sought out the Good Samaritan to let him know that the dummy was in order and thanked him for his efforts.
"It was just a day out there and Alfred was here He was running to save this man's life Alfred is a veteran and it was his instinct He was the only one who jumped out and tried to help" Heerlein told CNN on Monday.
"He thought the man might have been electrocuted by the lights … but the pacifier did not respond," said Heerlein.
A policeman who came to the door after the mixing said the police had received several phone calls because of the Christmas message a man was hanging from the roof.
After trying to rescue Clark Griswold, Heerlein said he had set up a sign that would let people know that Griswold is alright.
"Clark G. is part of our Christmas exhibit. Please do not call 911" reads the sign. "That was sufficient so far," said Heerlein. 19459004
The homeowner and estate Samaritan reunited on Monday, a week after the incident. Norwood was rewarded for his efforts.
Norwood was the only one who stopped and tried to save the man, Heerlein said. Norwood served with the US Air Force and was deployed on the former Bergstrom Air Force Base, according to Heerlein.
"At the end of the day, we were able to contact him, take him to the house and thank him, and he gave him a gift card," said Heerlein.
Norwood is now a member of a chili of the month. It's a fitting gift that was inspired by the movie: Griswold received a Christmas bonus as a Christmas bonus from his boss as a Christmas bonus.
When Heerlein phoned the veteran for the first time, he asked if he needed anything. Norwood said he wanted to buy groceries because he had little money to buy groceries. Heerlein gave him a $ 500 food gift card when they met.
"After all, it's amazing that there is a real person these days," said Heerlein. "He's a hero in a sense, he was ready to jump and run to the rescue, and many people did not, it shows the guy's true heart."