BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Berkeley Heights Boy Scout Troop 368 was recognized during the May 20 Town Council meeting for their service in aiding an injured hiker in early April.
Mayor Joe Bruno lauded the Scouts’ actions as a “heroic effort,” and presented Joe McLaughlin, Chris Tribuna, Mark Trella, Andrew Stecher, and Chris Pirone with certificates of recognition. Also recognized for their actions but not present were Devon McLean, Michael Middlebrook, Christopher Friedlander, and Peter Krasny.
Before the meeting began, Mayor Bruno spoke with the Scouts to personally thank them for their service and the positive recognition it has brought to the community.
While hiking at Harrison State Park in New York, Troop 368 came across a fellow hiker who had injured her ankle. The troop used their first aid skills to splint the hiker’s injured ankle and create a make-shift stretcher out of sticks and tarps.
Unbeknown to the group, the injured hiker was Ann Curry, former “Today Show” co-anchor and current correspondent for NBC News. Her relevance and prestige was still not fully understood until the group did further Internet research, according to scoutmaster Rick Jurgen.
“Only a couple knew who [Curry] was, but once they Googled it they got all excited,” Jurgen joked.
Following the presentation of the certificates by Mayor Bruno, Jurgen spoke of the exemplary actions of the Scouts, praising their willingness to spring into action and emphasizing how well they worked as a team.
Mayor Bruno claimed that such actions of bravery and care are “what scouting is all about.”