Scouts Deliver First Aid to Hurt Journalist

A troop of New Jersey Boy Scouts taking part in a training exercise through Harriman State Park in New York last month rescued NBC journalist Ann Curry after she thought she broke her ankle while hiking alone.

According to a Scouting Magazine blog post, the young men of Troop 368 were preparing for a trip later this summer to the famous Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, where intensive hiking and physical endurance are part of the legendary scouting experience. The troop members discovered the Emmy Award-winning journalist sitting on the ground. She told them she'd broken her ankle, and they immediately launched into creating a splint. Scoutmaster Rick Jurgens, a firefighter and EMT, double-checked their work and reported they followed procedure by the textbook.

"They splinted it up perfectly," Jurgens said. "Just like in the pictures."

With their victim still unable to walk, the Scouts' next step was to craft a makeshift stretcher, a totally old-school, rustic creation constructed from two strong sticks and a tarp. Only after they carried her down the mountain and delivered her safely to her husband, who was waiting to drive her for treatment, did the teens discover they had rescued a famous personality.

In a letter sent later to the troop, Curry praised their emergency readiness, saying they went "above the call of duty."

"Discovering I was unable to walk, and needed to get down the mountain for medical care, you immediately set about to help," she wrote.

As a result of their prompt and accurate action, their scoutmaster is convinced they're prepared for their upcoming Western mountain survival experience.

"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," said Scoutmaster Jurgens. "They got to use it and use it for real. And they did an outstanding job."