When Ann Curry broke her ankle while hiking, the Boy Scouts of America came to the rescue.
On April 5, 2014, Scouts from Troop and Crew 368 out of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey were on a Philmont training hike through Harriman State Park in New York.
“We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection and a lady was sitting on the ground with her one leg out,” Lead Scouter Rick Jurgens told Scouting Magazine Friday. “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 young men, who are trained to always be prepared and earn badges in first aid, immediately splinted her broken ankle and created a makeshift stretcher out of large sticks and a tarp to carry her down the mountain.
“We were just doing what Boy Scouts do,” said Chris Tribuna, one of the crew leaders. It only took the scouts five minutes to make the splint.
“They splinted it up perfectly,” Jurgens said. “Just like in the pictures.
Last week, Scouter Rick Jurgens got a phone call from a number he didn’t recognize.
“She said, ‘Hi, is this Rick? This is Ann Curry, the lady you rescued on Bear Mountain.’ She was really great and really appreciative. She said she underestimated the Boy Scouts of America. She was just mesmerized that a bunch of 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds came together and got her down the mountain,” Jurgens said.
Curry got the addresses of everyone from Scouts from Troop and Crew 368 who was there that day and sent each a hand-signed letter thanking them for their “skill and professionalism.”
“I feel enormously lucky you came along at just the right moment, and were so willing to help a stranger in need,” she 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.”