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When their grandmother collapsed at Lopez Lake, two young brothers sprang into action

Brothers Luke, 6, left, and Noah Kragenbrink, 9, of San Luis Obispo rushed to get help when their grandmother passed out at Lopez Lake on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Brothers Luke, 6, left, and Noah Kragenbrink, 9, of San Luis Obispo rushed to get help when their grandmother passed out at Lopez Lake on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Noah and Luke Kragenbrink of San Luis Obispo had just finished a day of fishing at Lopez Lake with their grandmother when crisis struck.

It was a typically warm October afternoon in the South County, and Brenda Kragenbrink passed out from dehydration. Unfazed by the severity of the situation, the two brothers — Noah, 9, and Luke, 6 — jumped into action.

With Kragenbrink lying on the ground unresponsive, Luke ran ahead to Lopez Lake Marina and asked an employee to call 911.

“I was a little nervous,” said Noah, a fourth-grader at Sinsheimer Elementary School in San Luis Obispo.

Before long, an ambulance arrived and took Kragenbrink to French Hospital, where she was treated and released later that day.

She said the brothers “were amazing in time of need” and acted quickly under pressure. They packed their fishing gear in the car, grabbed her purse that held her insurance information and rode in the ambulance to the hospital.

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Brothers Noah and Luke Kragenbrink, with their grandmother, Brenda Kragenbrink. Courtesy Steve Kragenbrink

“Luke and Noah were just superheroes,” said Kragenbrink, who lives in Orange County and works as a nurse. “It’s just amazing that they kept so calm.”

The boys’ father, Steve Kragenbrink, said their background in Cub Scouts may have played a role in their composure during the high-stress situation.

Steve Kragenbrink said Luke, a first-grader at Sinsheimer Elementary, has been attending Scout meetings since he was 4 years old.

“They handled themselves in an extremely mature manner,” he said. “They were cool, calm and collected.”

Brenda Kragenbrink returned home this week and is feeling normal again — thanks in no small part to her fast-acting grandsons.

“I’m just still in awe because of how they handled it,” she said.

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