A group of New Jersey Boy Scouts helped rescue NBC News’ Ann Curry after she fell and broke her ankle while hiking in New York, the journalist confirmed.
Scouts from Troop and Crew 368 were on a training hike through Harriman State Park on April 5 when they came across Miss Curry, according to an blog post on ScoutingMagazine.org.
“We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection,” said scouter Rick Jurgens. “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] splinted it up perfectly,” he said. “Just like in the pictures.”
Miss Curry sent the boys a letter, dated April 30, that praised their willingness to go “above the call of duty.”
“Your skill and professionalism were a great comfort to me,” she wrote. “I feel enormously lucky you came along at just the right moment, and were so willing to help a stranger in need. 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 May 9, Miss Curry tweeted to her 1.4 million followers: “If you break a leg on on a mountain, I hope Boy Scout Troop 368 finds you. Boy am I glad they found me.”