Ann Curry was in excellent hands after she broke her ankle during a hike through Harriman State Park in New York.
The NBC News journalist, 57, was spotted by scouts from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey’s Troop 368, but they didn’t know it was her at first.
According to what scouter Rick Jurgens told Scouting magazine’s blog on Friday, 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 okay. She said, ‘No, not really. I think I broke my ankle.’ She told us to keep going, but the guys refused.”
And without further thought, “They splinted it up perfectly, just like in the pictures,” Jergens, a professional firefighter and EMT, who oversaw the boys’ work, said.
Following the splinting, the guys ran into the woods to find pieces for a makeshift stretcher. They found two strong sticks and tied them on a tarp.
“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,” Jergens said. “They got to use it and use it for real. And they did an outstanding job.”
And apparently Curry agreed, writing the troop in a letter that 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 also wrote, including a hand-signed letter to each helper thanking them for their “skill and professionalism.”
It wasn’t until after Curry was driven away with her family that Jurgens told the guys who she was. One scout apparently didn’t believe it until he received her letter.
Curry confirmed the occurrence on her Twitter account by writing, “If you break a leg on a mountain, I hope Boy Scout Troop 368 finds you. Boy, am I glad they found me.”