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UPDATE: Barnegat Man No 9-11 Hero

For years, Charles Giles, of Ocean County, has claimed he was pulled alive from the rubble of the North Tower


A Port Authority police officer, now retired, has told News 12 that that the story of a Barnegat resident who claimed he was pulled alive from the World Trade Center rubble is untrue.

The story just appeared on News12, and a second half is scheduled for tomorrow.

 “I never saw the person, never met the person; I was never inside the building,” he says.

For years, Charles Giles of Barnegat has claimed he was pulled alive from the rubble of the North Tower after the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, by a Port Authority officer, number 1236.

In the segment, News12 questions Giles on his description of being in the North Tower and how he has claimed to meet the officer, identified as Mark Meier. 

Giles then notes in the segment that it was possible he got the badge number wrong. 

"I remember a patch, and I remember ... the number 1236. Could I have gotten that number wrong, yes," Giles said. But in the segment, the reporter shows Giles video where he claims to have met Meier, and Giles responds: "I probably have the wrong shield number."

He had no answer for why the person whom he claims to have met in the video identified themselves as Meier.

At the center of Giles’ story is his claim of being inside the tower when it collapsed on top of him. The report also notes that Giles is not listed among those pulled from the rubble.

His dramatic story has helped him receive thousands of dollars in donations from the community to offset his medical bills and living expenses.

More can be found here.

Several residents in Barnegat have questioned Giles story, and in response, Giles has told Patch in past interviews that he can prove he was a 9/11 responder, and has showed video footage obtained from Fox of himself - at four seconds into this clip - in New York, administering first aid, on Sept. 11. 

But some township residents, like Phil Checchia, have questioned the story, telling Patch in past interviews that the footage that Giles has shown to prove he was at the site did not look like he was as close to the rubble as claimed.

Some residents began questioning Giles after his name was connected to a controversy involving a truck that transported a tower piece, recovered from the wreckage of Ground Zero, to Barnegat two years ago to serve as a memorial for those who died.

Thomas J. Scalgione, 40, of Manahawkin and Mark Anthony Niemczyk, 66, of Tinton Falls were accused of promoting a bogus 9/11 victims' charity by driving around in a pickup truck painted with the names of first responders who perished.

Through the efforts of Giles, who has blogged on Patch, and others, the 9-foot steel beam was gifted to the Barnegat Township School district in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

"It is definitely the same truck that was used to bring the piece of steel," Bill Cox, transportation coordinator for the Barnegat Township School District told Patch last year. "Being a small community, we know the same cast of characters."

The Attorney General's Office sued Scalgione — who has had a long history of theft and sex offense convictions — and Niemczyk for allegedly operating an unregistered charity. 

andrew.watts1115 September 09, 2013 at 04:42 PM
There is low, and then there is this guy. Maybe his buddies Scalgione and Niemczyk will come by and help him move out of town. Real heroes don't advertise what they did, or self-appoint themselves as such. This clown looked for every opportunity he could find to spread his lies (just look on YouTube). I'm glad they finally caught up with him and exposed him for the fraud he is.
proud September 09, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Next, he'll claim he lives on Pelican Island.
Jon Q. Public September 09, 2013 at 05:24 PM
He belongs on Rikers Island!
Republicannibals must Go September 09, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Hey If the Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora can claim to be a Navy Seal , with the Metal of Valor and a Vietnam Vet. and a many other Lies and not be Locked up or forced out of office then I'm guess anyone can claim to be anything they want..... WWW.JohnSpodofora.Com
Mac September 09, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Chuck, just saw the first segment of your expose. How does one look at his guardian angel and tell him he is lying?
JOE DOLAN September 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Bill Cox September 09, 2013 at 08:35 PM
For years now Charlie has tried to make himself look legitimate by getting himself accepted into community groups. He has buddied up to anyone he could. He has pushed his agenda with those he felt he could benefit the most from. Want another 9/11 memorial, just go see a local politician and PRESTO! There were people in this town who just would not listen and he was allowed to continue this charade. Hopefully this will be the end of the Charlie Giles show in Barnegat. I say lets close the page and the door on this scam artist.
Lincoln Osiris September 09, 2013 at 08:46 PM
That's nothing. For years mayor John Spodofora of Stafford has claimed to be a Medal of Valor, Navy SEAL, Purple Heart, Vietnam Veteran. A co-founder of RonJon Surf Shop, an environmental engineer, a spy, a college graduate and many other things he never did. He lied in order to dupe unsuspecting voters into supporting his phony ass. Kane where are you??? www.johnspodofora.com
Lincoln Osiris September 09, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Joe Dolan: congratulations you have been duped also. You are relying on the words of "the great liar" to exonerate himself from his own lies. An expeditionary medal is a unit citation and not a personal one. It does not prove he was in Vietnam or a SEAL. When you show me the paperwork from the DOD showing that Spodophony has a Vietnam service ribbon or that he was ever a SEAL I will apologize to you and him. I have a mountain of paperwork to show he is not. Spodofora's lies are and always will be lies.
Mac September 09, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Groups have also used Giles to advance their agendas. Some of these groups involved connected politicians, elected officials and/or attorneys. With the nature of the business conducted in some of these cases, it is difficult for me to believe that this personal fraud of Giles wasn't exposed several years ago. Many were certainly aware what was going on behind the scenes wasn't being broadcast publicly by Giles with any degree of integrity.
Mac September 10, 2013 at 01:55 AM
@CJBravo - I think you'll agree your faith in your friends' assurances in regard to Giles's 9/11 actions is more generous than mine is at this point. Perhaps something in the next segment of the expose tonight will show me something more convincing than he was just passing by at the time of the attack. Giles sure didn't seem to think anything was out of whack when the man who Giles claimed saved his life said it never happened. But maybe that's just me. In the same situation, I would have been shocked beyond belief and demanded a face-to-face opportunity to establish some reason in the matter (for my own sake if nothing else.) Here's hoping you still feel the same way tonight after the next segment airs.
Bill Cox September 10, 2013 at 05:18 AM
@ CJBravo Nice try Charlie. For those who don't know Mr. Giles lost his mother a few months back. Her last name was Bravo. The things you state in your comment are things that perhaps only Charlie would be aware of. Of course none of them are relevant to the story. I would think after all this, you might simply walk away and try to save some dignity. That is what I asked Charlie to do years ago. I am sure the member's of the church will pray for you, as I do.
CJ Bravo September 10, 2013 at 05:26 AM
@Bill Cox you said Nice Try Charlie. I think you now have lost it sir. I will admit I know Charlie, I may be related but am not he. Assumptions are the mother of all, well you know the saying. Get your facts straight and crawl into your bus depot sir.
barnegat resident September 10, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Charlie aka Cj bravo, you really need to stop with your games. You have hurt so many people with your lies!
proud September 10, 2013 at 08:46 AM
If it looks like a Dwek, and walks like a Dwek....
proud September 10, 2013 at 08:49 AM
Part 2 airs at noon.
Rob Russo September 10, 2013 at 09:53 AM
What an embarrassment to himself and the people of Barnegat.
john celentano September 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Rumor has it that Charlie (a/k/a/ C.J. Bravo) had a really bad day on Wednesday August 28. It seems to have involved handcuffs and the police. How come that story was never reported?
Brian Duddy September 10, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Another huge 9/11 scam: http://www.gearupfoundation.org/
Al Miller September 10, 2013 at 01:18 PM
These Scam Artist are Disgusting. Trying to make money after such a Horrible tragedy. They should all be locked up. RIP My Fellow EMT / Paramedic / Firefighter / Police Brothers & Sisters....343....and Unfortunately counting....
Beyond Babedom September 10, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Beyond Babedom September 10, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Link above to story on NJ.com where mayor Spodofora admitted he never served in Viet Nam
john celentano September 11, 2013 at 02:44 AM
A good source to mail letters to: Notice: The Fund will closely monitor any fraudulent activity including the submission of fraudulent claims and unauthorized use of www.vcf.gov. The Fund will report fraudulent conduct to federal law enforcement agencies and violators may be subject to criminal, civil or administrative penalties. If you wish to report information concerning suspected fraud concerning The Fund, please contact the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, at the following address: DOJOIG.FraudComplaints@usdoj.gov.
RAJ (Bo) McMerritt September 11, 2013 at 07:48 AM
fat freaks just won't go away ..to exploit 9.11 why...you know its going to come (backandbite) you in the big backside.....
Joan Helle-Fasolo September 11, 2013 at 01:31 PM
It makes me sick that most people in town have associated a story of hope from 9-11 with this man. How many here in Barnegat even know that our Stephen Tatur, a Barnegat police officer was a first responder who rushed to Ground Zero? “I remember the smell. ... I remember the dust,” Tatur said. “No one was white or black anymore. Everyone was gray, because they were covered in dust. And everyone was sad. ... On that day, we were all the same.” If you want someone to look up to, he's been here all along.
Rob Russo September 11, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Giles couldn't get out of bed for the photo above but was healthy enough to allegedly assault someone and be put in handcuffs.
john celentano September 12, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Why did Charlie have handcuffs on again yesterday?
CPO Rob September 13, 2013 at 06:26 AM
It is not uncommon to have people claim to be part of a historical event. If questioned, I would imagine that he was on the raid to kill OBL
john celentano September 14, 2013 at 07:28 AM
He's a Navy Whale.
Republicannibals must Go October 16, 2013 at 07:35 AM
about time the organization start policing their fund raisers and see to it the money actually goes to a legit cause..all the money...


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