HAUPPAUGE - As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, the value of an oral history project is gaining more recognition.

The 9/11 Oral History Project aims to capture the raw emotion and experiences of first responders at Ground Zero. More than 130 first responders have been interviewed for the project, which will be housed in the Library of Congress.

"The important thing to me is to have that first-hand, first-impression account from those who put themselves on the line," says Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who along with Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) helped introduce the bill that made the project a reality.