9/11 First Responder Home To Be Sold At Auction October 30th, Because Of Unpaid Medical Claims
source Press Of Atlantic City
Source We The People Radio Netowrk
Ocean County sheriff's records show Giles
appealed the sale and that the sheriff's office twice delayed the sale
originally set for Aug. 21. Judge Fred A. Buczynski pushed the date
from Sept. 18 to Oct. 30.
Giles said he hopes to block the sale by filing
suit against Wachovia Bank for alleged missteps in their dealings with
him but acknowledged that it would likely take a "miracle" to prevent
Giles' attorney did not return calls for comment.
Wachovia Bank spokespeople declined to comment
because their confidentiality policy prohibits talking about clients.
Giles said he missed his first mortgage payment in
November 2006, four years and eight months after he closed on the house
(the family moved from Bergen County to Barnegat Township in 2002). He
has $216,320 left to pay for his home, plus $9,318.57 in legal costs
related to foreclosure proceedings, according to Mary Batot, principal
clerk for foreclosures in the Ocean County Sheriff's Office.
"If my 9-11 case was processed when should have been, none of this would have been happening," Giles said.
Giles has faced red tape with multiple agencies:
Safe Horizon, New York's Crime Victims Board, New York's Workers'
Compensation Board and others. As he waits, medical costs keep mounting.
Giles took oral steroids for five years to treat
worsening asthma, which caused bone loss and eventually required
replacement of his right hip. He anticipates at least two other
surgeries: replacement of the other hip and his right knee are pending
and a lung transplant is possible. In addition to incurring bills,
complications -14 prescriptions, fractioned pulmonary function and hip
replacement and another two or three pending surgeries - have
prohibited the father of two from working. With doctors' visits and
$400 worth of prescriptions, Giles said he faces more than $1,000 in
medical bills each month. And his disability ran out this fall.
Giles, who started working as an emergency
responder 16 years ago, is quick to emphasize he would choose to
respond to the emergency again. The self-described workaholic still
craves the challenges of the job and currently serves on the board of
the Pinewood Estates Volunteer Fire Company.
"I want to work," Giles said. "I feel like I let my family down."
Giles said he, his wife and their 12 and
15-year-old daughters would likely seek a local apartment if their home
is sold at the end of this month. The family wants to stay in Barnegat,
Giles said, so the girls can finish school there and to stay in the
warm embrace of the community that has extended services to them.
These recent developments in Giles' plight come on
the heels of a decision by the New York City medical examiner to reject
the Ocean County Medical Examiner's ruling that the death of New York
Police Department Detective James Zadroga, 34, of Little Egg Harbor,
was directly related to his work at Ground Zero. Zadroga retired to his
parents' home in Little Egg Harbor after getting sick.
"Jimmy dedicated his life to protecting the
residents of New York City," Giles said. "Refusing to rule his death
due to 9-11 … is despicable. … How many people have to die before they
start helping us?"