Mark Eskelsen called emergency dispatchers from his cell phone about 7:10 a.m. Sunday, identified himself as "the sheriff of Washington County," and asked for medical help.
The dispatcher asked Eskelsen, who later admitted he wasn't the sheriff, what was wrong.
"Well, I've been yelling for about an hour and a half," Eskelsen said.
But the dispatcher already knew that. Neighbors had called 9-1-1, concerned about the man bellowing from a fence-surrounded pool in the 15000 block of Southwest Village Lane.
"I just need a hug and a warm cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it," he told the dispatcher.