Boy Scouts Rescue Injured Journalist

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June 11, 2014

A troop of New Jersey Boy Scouts taking part in a training exercise in New York leapt into action to aid a woman with a severely injured ankle, only to discover later they’d rescued Emmy Award winning NBC journalist Ann Curry. You’ll also read about how cops in Massachusetts “quacked” a home intruder case, and much more!

Scouts Deliver First Class First Aid
A troop of New Jersey Boy Scouts taking part in a training exercise through Harriman State Park in New York in April rescued NBC journalist Ann Curry after she thought she broken 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 for it. Scoutmaster Rick Jurgens, a firefighter and EMT, double-checked their work and reported they made a textbook splint.

“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 delivered her safely down the mountain did the teens discover they had rescued a famous person.

NBC journalist Ann Curry was rescued by Boy Scouts recently.
NBC journalist Ann Curry
was rescued by Boy Scouts recently.

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.”

Hawk Terrorizes Suburban Pittsburgh Neighborhood
A suburban Pittsburgh, Pa., woman received multiple injuries when she was the target of a protective red-shouldered hawk as she stood in her driveway.

Eileen Bridge, 64, said she was washing her car outside her Forest Hills, Pa., home on Saturday when the hawk flew directly at her head and knocked her unconscious for a few seconds. She said it felt like she was hit by a baseball bat.

“All of a sudden, he came at me at 100 mph,” said Eileen Bridge, 64, who had a blackened right eye, a cut above her eyebrow and scrapes on her head and ear. “He hit me and knocked me down on my butt … I was a bloody mess.”

Bridge was transported to the local hospital by her husband, Pat, and treated for a badly bruised eye and several cuts and bumps on her head.

A pair of hawks moved into a 2-foot-wide nest in a tall pine behind the Bridge’s home this spring. A nest full of hatchlings soon appeared.

Because of the attack on Mrs. Bridge and other related incidents involving residents and their pets, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said it is considering relocating the nest.

A few days before Bridge was attacked, the hawk dove at her husband and “glanced off the top” of his head. A neighbor’s Chihuahua and Jack Russell terrier were also targeted.

Cops Quack Home Invader Case
A North Reading, Mass., homeowner awakened by loud, crashing noises coming from her downstairs living room area in February called 911 to summon authorities to what she assumed was an intruder up to no good.

Responding officers from the local police department could not find any visible signs of forced entry to the home, so they entered the residence to investigate. Indeed, indication of an intruder was located near the fireplace, where sooty footprints were positively identified by North Reading’s finest.

Since Christmas was fully two-months passed, an entry via chimney by an errant Santa Clause was immediately ruled out by the savvy investigators. Besides, the webbed tracks belied the outsider’s identity.

Soon the cops spied the home-crasher, a soot-covered wood duck hen that apparently made a wrong turn at a nearby wetland and found itself in an unfamiliar environment.

According to a report in The Boston Herald, officer Greg Connolly used a blanket to capture the wayward waterfowl and safely transported it to a local pond, where it was released, without charges.

Wisconsin Deer Preserve Fined For Lack Of CWD Testing
A Waushara County, Wisconsin, hunting preserve agreed to a civil forfeiture for failing to test hunter-killed deer for chronic wasting disease. The non-compliance was first identified in 2010.

In a plea agreement with Waushara County, Kevin Schmid of Little Texas, LLC, accepted a plea of no contest for failing to test the appropriate number of animals for CWD. Schmid has been ordered to pay Waushara County Circuit Court $5,000 plus court costs and fees.

“CWD surveillance is a priority for this department so the rules exist for a good reason,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw. “Testing is required so that we can detect CWD early enough to protect both the farm-raised deer and wild deer.”

At the time the offense took place, Wisconsin required 100 percent of farm-raised deer 16 months of age or older to be tested for CWD that are killed or die naturally on the premises. During a routine inspection, it was determined Schmid had not been testing all hunter-killed deer, tests that should have been completed. Since this failure to test was identified, this farm has come into compliance with testing requirements.

Quote Of The Week
“I know full well dogs have souls. Heaven could not be Heaven without dogs. If it were not so, I would sooner be in Hell with dogs, than in Heaven without.”
– Lewis Carey,
My Gun and I
, 1933

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the outdoors weekly for You may contact him at

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