BARNEGAT - Almost 1,000 Sept. 11 first responders have lost their lives since that day nine years ago, and many more have fallen ill due to toxic dust they breathed in while at Ground Zero.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a bill that could provide $7.4 billion in health care and compensation to workers that became sick after the Sept. 11 cleanup. The U.S. Senate, however, still needs to approve its version of the bill.

First responder Charles Giles, of Barnegat, says he feels as if he's been forgotten sometimes. Giles says after learning the House passed the bill, he was "overwhelmed with joy and started crying."