The journalist Ann Curry was saved recently courtesy of the New Jersey boy scouts.
Boy scouts often get to know their very vital skills via practice and reinforcement. Yet, sometimes they get to apply their learned life-saving techniques on someone who is well-known.
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About four weeks ago, a group of New Jersey boy scouts got to rescue journalist Ann Curry after she broke her ankle while hiking. When the troop of scouts happened to come upon Curry they had no idea that she was the award-winning journalist of name and fame.
According to one of them, they were going along their way and came to a juncture where they found this lady sitting with one leg extended before her.
When a scout asked her if everything was alright she responded by saying that she had broken her ankle. She urged them to carry on in their trail but they refused to go any further without helping her.
“We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection,” Jurgens said, “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 had obtained basic training in dressing wounds and creating splints in order to heal fractures. So that is precisely what they did in case of Ann Curry’s ankle.
They had it all fixed up in a makeshift cast-like supporting device in no time. The boy scouts remembered what they had been taught in their lesson plans. And they did a good job that properly met the criteria.
The splint they made was picture perfect and held Curry’s ankle in a snug and comfortable manner. “They splinted it up perfectly,” scouter Rick Jurgens told Scouting magazine's blog on Friday. “Just like in the pictures.”
The boy scouts then made a stretcher from wood that they gathered in a hurry and carried Ann down the mountain on top of which she was stranded.
Ann Curry, who is a very accomplished journalist and has visited Iraq, Iran and many other regions around the globe, is very thankful to these brave lads.
They truly rescued her from a whole lot of trouble that fateful day a month ago. She later on wrote signed letters to each one of the teenage scouts praising and lauding them for their bravery and courage.
“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.”