Police commend local men who helped a woman who was a victim of a car jacking. Photo / Chris Loufte

Police commend local men who helped a woman who was a victim of a car jacking. Photo / Chris Loufte

What I particularly like about today’s faces of the day is that they are gamers. Most people associate manly types with athletic men who do outdoorsy things. These men would be dismissed by some as pasty faced gamers who play games and who do not live in the real world. Nerds, Geeks you know what I mean.

The thing with gamers is that these days they play in teams. They can play with friends from all over the world. They take turns leading and they work together, using strategies to defeat their opponents. These heroes are proof that skills learned in online games translate into real life. Barrie Olsen, Konrad Berking, Jason Sloan, Maina Papalii and Robert Lew had leadership and strategy and worked as a team so efficiently that they captured their opponent and saved the girl.

Others stood by while a young woman was being strangled and punched in her car, but five Auckland men took action to stop the attack, chase down the offender and restrain him until police arrived.

Barrie Olsen, Konrad Berking, Jason Sloan, Maina Papalii and Robert Lew today received bravery awards for their actions during a special ceremony at Henderson Police Station.

The men were playing video games at E-Loong Internet Café on Great North Rd, New Lynn in April when they heard a woman screaming, “Get away,” and frantically tooting her car horn.

The 18-year-old waitress had just finished her shift at a nearby restaurant and was stopped in her car at a set of lights when the attack took place.

“We ran out the front and saw a black car with a guy getting into the driver’s side and a girl half in the gear box and half in the passenger seat,” said Mr Berking, 26.

“There was struggling going on – we could see him strangling the girl and she was trying to kick him and push him out.

“He had her by the throat and was pushing her around.”