“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.”
“The Scouts sprang into action….This is what they had trained for,” Scout Leader Rick Jurgens told the latest edition of Scouting News.
“They splinted it up perfectly,” Jurgens said. “Just like in the pictures.
“The guys on their own, with no direction from me, start running into the woods,” Jurgens said. “And she didn’t know what was going on, and I didn’t know what was going on either.”
The boys were actually gathering branches for a makeshift stretcher, which they built using a tarp. They managed to get her down the hill where her husband was waiting for her in an SUV.
What Jurgens knew, because he recognized her, was that the woman they helped in Harriman State Park last month was Ann Curry, the former “Today Show” host, now an NBC News correspondent.
The Scouts were from Troop and Crew 368 out of Berkeley Heights, N.J. They were training for a hike at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
In 2008, Curry and a “Today” crew attempted to scale Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, but the group turned back 3,000 feet short of the 19,000 foot summit because of altitude sickness and weather conditions.
Curry later called to thank the group of scouts and sent a letter to each member according to People Magazine:
‘Discovering I was unable to walk, and needed to get down the mountain for medical care, you immediately set about to help,” she also wrote, including a hand-signed letter to each helper thanking them for their ‘skill and professionalism.’
She tweeted her gratitude as well:
If you break a leg on on a mountain, I hope Boy Scout Troop 368 finds you. Boy am I glad they found me. http://t.co/AzTWlFzNcz
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) May 9, 2014