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Frozen' woman fools police, they act heroically anyway

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In a story that is equal parts heartwarming for the valiant efforts of local police and hilarious for bringing new meaning to the term "mannequin challenge," upstate New York police recently heroically saved a fake woman from freezing to death.

Police in Hudson New York immediately dispatched as a result of a call placed by a concerned citizen who said a woman was sitting in a parked car and looked to be frozen to death. Police were on the scene within minutes and immediately knew that the case wasn't exactly as it appeared, determining conclusively after gaining entry that the woman was not only not dead, she had never actually been alive.

ABC Newsreports:

The vehicle's owner eventually returned to his car and solved the mystery: He is a sales manager for a company that manufacturers medical training aids, and the "woman" is a CPR training device, police said.

"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.

Unfortunately, despite the officers' quick response to a citizen's distress, the "grinch" in this Christmas story appears to be the owner of the car, who police say expressed his negative feelings about their entry into his car.

"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 WTEN-TV. "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."

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