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Girls find safe haven at Boys & Girls Club

High school kids seek medical care at Sierra Vista Clubhouse

Posted: November 21, 2008 9:29 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2008 4:59 a.m.
Two high school girls may be alive today because of fast-thinking administrators at the Sierra Vista Clubhouse, a junior high school-based branch location in Canyon Country for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

The club's doors were open Thursday evening to host a Thanksgiving dinner for members and their families. Normally the Sierra Vista Clubhouse would have been closed.

Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station said sheriff's deputies responded to a medical emergency call at 7:55 p.m.

John Kim, branch manager of the Sierra Vista Clubhouse, said two high school-aged members ran into the building seeking medical help. One of the girls then fainted, he said.

"The kids knew (the club was) a safe place and they knew we would help them," Kim said.

Within moments, emergency personnel arrived. The two girls received medical care and were transported.

Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the SCV Boys & Girls Club, was proud of his well-trained director.

"John, our director over there, handled it in a first-class way. He was doing his job and it was kind of neat the girls knew that they could get help if they came to us," Ventress said.


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