HUDSON, N.Y. – Police in upstate New York smashed a car window to heroically save an elderly woman who appeared to be frozen in place, simply to discover she was a mannequin.
The Hudson Police Department said in a press release:
(They) received a call from a very upset citizen who stated that she discovered an elderly woman ‘frozen to death’ in her Subaru parked along City Hall Place, Hudson. Officers, and the Greenport Rescue Squad were immediately dispatched. Officers arrived minutes later and observed an elderly woman seated in the passenger seat wearing an oxygen mask. She was not moving and was unresponsive. It was bitterly cold, (around 8 degrees) and the car had snow cover, indicating it may have been parked there overnight. … An HPD Sergeant broke the rear passenger window and opened the door to discover it was an extremely realistic life-sized mannequin.
The mannequin wore clothing and glasses, and had teeth, skin and blemishes on its face. Without having physical contact, she appeared to not only be authentic, but the response by all was understandable. You can see pictures in this ABC news report.
The owner of the vehicle arrived on scene to explain the circumstances. He is the sales manager for a company that produces medical training aids. The mannequin is used for CPR training.
“The owner of the mannequin stated that he transports the device in his car in that manner, to include the wearing of a seat belt,” police said in the press release.
That explanation didn’t sit well with the police. And they were not the only one’s unhappy, reported ABC news.
“I can’t put what he said on air, but he was not very happy with the police department for forcing entry into his car,” Hudson Police Department Sgt. Randy Clarke told ABC affiliate WTEN. “If it was a joke, it was a very poor tasteful joke. If it was a matter of convenience for him — it was a station wagon — carry your mannequin a little bit better. The mannequin was in the front seat with a seat belt and appearing to be a passenger in the car.”