Two Saint James students recently joined a different type of club — one that literally saved their lives.

Last month Samantha and Gordon Braun became members of the “Saved by the Belt” Club, an award presented by the Arlington Heights Police Department to recognize drivers and passengers who have benefited from their decision to buckle up before getting behind the wheel.

“Samantha and Gordon are a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” said Arlington Heights Police, Lt., who made a presentation at St. James School. “Everyone needs to buckle up, every trip, every time.”

Gordon and Samantha Braun were involved in a rollover vehicle crash. Their mother’s car was struck, however, everyone inside was able to walk away unharmed.

The investigating troopers on the scene firmly believe that if Samantha or Gordon were not wearing safety belts, they would have sustained serious injury or possibly been killed.

To show their appreciation to the two siblings for wearing their seat belts, the Arlington Heights Police Department honored them with a “Saved By The Belt” award.

Seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.