Social Impact Heroes: Why & How 9/11 First Responder Sal Banchitta Is Helping To Change Our World

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
Published in
6 min readSep 10, 2021

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I believe the public is always there trying, but so many challenges continue to creep up, especially when it comes to firefighters and their health & wellness. From victims’ compensation, to access to mental health resources and programs, to term limits of testing and screening — the true help is the understanding and awareness for all leaders to truly step up to the plate and listen to calls for help. A great example of a leader stepping up is our partner Movember — it has taken steps to prioritize mental health & wellness for its employees with the announcement of its “Movember Recharge Days.” Movember is encouraging its staff and contractors around the world to take two wellbeing days to focus on their mental health coinciding with World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday, September 10th through Monday, September 13th. These are the kinds of initiatives that truly help and give back and that we need to see reflected in the firefighter community and beyond.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sal Banchitta.

“Cousin Sal” Banchitta was one of the many first responders on 9/11. His professional commitment to the FDNY and to the City of New York placed his life and well-being at extremely elevated risks in many rescue calls and even more so each day that he spent directly exposed to the deadly dust of Ground Zero. Banchitta, now retired from “the job,” has made it his mission to support the entire community of first responders alongside top medical diagnostics experts as a health and wellness advocate with an

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator