By Sia Nyorkor
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
8:08 PM CST, December 18, 2012
He's a husband. He's a firefighter. But he's also a 'Scrooge'. At least, that's what his fellow firefighters in El Dorado call Jack Zimmerman.
This year, members of the department decided if Zimmerman wouldn't get into the holiday spirit, they'd bring it to him.
So while Zimmerman was at a Wichita Thunder game, firefighters decorated nearly every inch of his lawn and home.
"I may not necessarily be a big fan of Christmas music a month in advance but I can't say that I'm a true "Scrooge."
But his fellow co-workers beg to differ. Jack hasn't put up Christmas decorations in more than 10 years.
So they decided to do it for him---"Griswold" style.
"One of the captains and a couple of the firefighters put together what they had and we just kind of pooled it and made it look what it is now."
Jack's house now glows on a street that was once dim and everyone around town is talking about it. Over the years, he's garnered quite the reputation for being a "Scrooge."
I know quite a few people around town, I've been called on it at Walmart, downtown, out to eat."
The firefighter in him doesn't like all the extension cords but he says he can't help but to get into the spirit.
"It's not too bad," says Jack looking at the lights.
"Does it bring you joy?" asks Eyewitness News Reporter Sia Nyorkor.
"Yeah, as bad as I hate to admit it...it did," he says.
"Yes, it does He's also vowing payback mainly for the high electric bill he's expecting next month.
"When I get it all finalized, it will be good." he says.
The firefighters say the prank was all in good fun. El Dorado's "Scrooge" plans to keep the lights up through the holiday.
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