NBC journalist, Ann Curry found herself injured on a New Jersey hiking trail and needing the assistance of the Boy Scouts of America.
Writing in Scouting Magazine, on Friday, Bryan Wendell says Scouts from Berkeley Heights encountered Curry on a trail in Harriman State Park in New York. Curry, 57, had broken her ankle.
Scouter Rick Jurgens said, “We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection and a lady was sitting on the ground with her one leg out. We didn’t think anything of it, but one of the guys asked if everything is OK. She said, ‘No, not really. I think I broke my ankle.’ She told us to keep going, but the guys refused.”
Jurgens recognized Curry’s voice instantly, but his scouts had no idea it was the famous TV journalist. They created a splint for Curry.
Jurgens said, “We work on these requirements, and here’s an opportunity where it was a true test of all those First Class, Second Class first-aid requirements. They got to use it and use it for real. And they did an outstanding job.”
However, Curry still wasn’t able to make it down the trail on her own. So, the Scouts “started running into the woods,” and returned with wood, which they combined with tarp, to craft a makeshift stretcher to help carry Curry to the trailhead where her husband and son had gone for help.
Forest rangers showed up after Curry’s accident was reported but Scouts had it under control. They drove Curry and her family to a nearby hospital.
Curry then wrote a thank you letter to each of the nine scouts saying, “I feel enormously lucky you came along at just the right moment, and were so willing to help a stranger in need,” Curry wrote. “You are a credit to the Boy Scouts and to your families, and I want you to know I am deeply grateful for your kindness and skill.”
On Friday, Curry also wrote a thank you tweet, "If you break a leg on on a mountain, I hope Boy Scout Troop 368 finds you. Boy am I glad they found me."