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Easton 9/11 Responder Honored with State Citation

On Sept. 11, 2001, Vincent Caprio was at the Marriott World Trade Center attending a conference when the terrorist attacks occurred. After watching the twin towers go down, he felt a personal call to devote his time to the recovery effort at ground zero.

 Vincent Caprio receives a state citation from state Rep. Anne Hughes for his role as a first responder during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Image courtesy of Vincent Caprio
An experienced emergency medical technician (EMT) trained in crisis response for large venues, Caprio used his skills and stayed at ground zero for 22 hours. Then he went back and volunteered for another 400 hours.

“It felt important to me to go back and help,” said Caprio.

 On Feb. 28, Caprio was honored for his efforts on that day and for his work post-Sept. 11 with a state citation presented to him by State Rep. Anne Hughes at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

“Vincent represents the excluded EMS and workforce that did not get covered in any of the post-benefits,” said Hughes. “He has worked diligently for years to clarify his service and reputation. It was very important to present this citation on behalf of the state government.”

The state’s General Assembly issues honorary citations in recognition of noteworthy cases that deserve special recognition.

“I am grateful to receive this,” said Caprio. “It gives me a platform to show what is going on in the lives of other Sept. 11 survivors and first responders.”

Caprio credits Voices Center for Resilience for giving him a platform to help those who were affected by Sept. 11. The New Canaan-based organization was co-founded by Mary Fetchet in 2001, following the death of her son Brad at the World Trade Center.

The organization provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness for victims’ families, responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks and for families of those who have died from illnesses related to the attacks. Since 2001, more than 6,300 responders and survivors have died of illnesses related to Sept. 11. More than 77,000 individuals are currently in treatment for serious medical and mental health conditions, according to the organization.

“With my personal experience losing my son, I realized that I needed to support those that were in need,” said Fetchet. “I started this organization because I realized how important it was to be a part of the conversation of how it affected families, responders, and survivors.”

Fetchet and Caprio met shortly after Sept.11 and ever since they have been putting their efforts into making sure the stories of the people affected are heard.

“Vince helped us plan our first anniversary, and it was an event that brought the families, responders, and survivors together for those who have been affected by the tragedy,” said Fetchet. “Vincent represents the people who stayed and helped, at that time no one knew what was happening so a lot of people left. Vincent took it upon himself to help those in need.”

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Today is the 22nd Anniversary of 9-11. I had the opportunity to participate in the VOICES Center for Resilience Conference yesterday. VOICES provides guidance to 9-11 Families, 9-11 Responders and 9-11 Survivors.

We will Always Remember those who have been affected since – the over 6,300 responders and survivors who have died of 9/11-related illnesses, and the families and friends they left behind – and the over 77,000 individuals who are currently in treatment for serious medical and mental health conditions.

As a Member of VOICES you are never alone.

On Monday, June 12, VOICES hosted its 9th Annual Golf Outing at Quaker Ridge Golf Club. We were thrilled to have 31 teams compete on this beautiful, world-class championship course. The great weather and venue made for another successful Golf Outing.

Thank you to our entire Golf Committee, Sponsors, and Volunteers for making this year’s Golf Outing another great event. A very special thanks to 9/11 Survivor and Responder, Vincent Caprio for his moving remarks.

View our thank you page and photos here

Vincent Caprio and Mary Fetchet
Vincent Caprio and Mary Fetchet

Vincent Caprio, 9-11 Survivor & 9-11 Responder participates in Voices For Resilience Nov.16th Annual Gala

Vincent Caprio - EPA Testimony April 18, 2022

Thank you for holding this meeting and for the opportunity to make public remarks today.  My name is Vincent Caprio, and I am Founder and Executive Director of the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association.


The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a collaborative environment that nurtures research and innovation in nanotechnology, promotes technology transfer of nanotechnologies from academia to industry, encourages private capital investments in nanotechnology companies, and helps its company members bring nanotechnology products to the market. Since its establishment, the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association has been advocating for increased investment of government funds to nanotechnology, such as basic research and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, throughout all the major government agencies.


I wanted to take a moment today to underscore my Association’s support, and my personal support, for President Biden’s fiscal year 2023 request of $11.881 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is a long-overdue increase. I am not sure the increase is enough honestly, but it is more than a $2 billion increase from last year’s budget, and a good start for fully funding our national’s top priority: protecting and restoring our environment.


Further, I wanted to highlight specifically my support for the budget request for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA’s office for the management of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This budget request is $124 million, an increase of over $60 million from last year, almost doubling the funding for the program.  The budget request also includes critical staff increases of dozens of new subject matter experts and scientists for the TSCA program.


In 2018, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My cancer is the result of certain environmental exposures. So you can see, this topic is very personal to me. The work of EPA’s chemical management programs is critical to ensuring our full understanding of risks from chemicals using the best available science by the best scientists. The role of the office, and its career staff, is essential, and I am glad to see that the budget request reflects the importance of investing in these programs


Thank you.



Vincent Caprio, MBA, MPA

"Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Two Decades"

Executive Director

NanoBusiness Commercialization Association



Named to 

2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100 Honoree List 



EASTON, CT, 11/29/21: WATER INNOVATIONS ALLIANCE FOUNDATION / NANOBCA, educating  Americans in regard to the United States’ aging water infrastructure, today announced that Vincent  Caprio, Founder and Executive Director, has been named to the 2021 Environment+Energy Leader 100. 

As an advocate to repairing America’s water infrastructure, Mr. Caprio founded the Water Innovations  Alliance Foundation (WIAF) in October 2008. In this role he created the Water 2.0 Conference series of  which he is currently the Chairman Emeritus. 

A pioneer at the intersection of business and technology, Vincent Caprio possesses a unique ability to  spot emerging and societally significant technologies in their early stages. He successfully creates  brands and business organizations focused on specific technology markets, and launches events that are  not only educational, but also connect and empower stakeholders that include investors, technologists,  CEOs and politicians. 

It is Mr. Caprio’s avid interest in history and background in finance that enabled him to be among the first  to recognize the impact that specific technologies will have on business and society. By building  community networks centered around his conferences, he has facilitated the growth of important new  technologies, including nanotechnology, clean water technology and most recently, engineering  software.  

“The Honorees on the annual list show groundbreaking work and dedication to the field of sustainability  and energy management,” says Paul Nastu, President of Environment+Energy Leader. “We’re thrilled to  recognize this year’s Honorees and congratulate all who made the list.” 

Now in its fifth year, the annual Environment+Energy Leader 100 recognizes those environment and  energy “doers” who break trail in creating new solutions, programs, platforms, best practices and products  to help their companies – or other companies – achieve greater success in commercial and industrial  environment and energy management. And it doesn’t just celebrate the C-suite, but also those top  managers and in-the-trenches team members who are working diligently behind the scenes and shaping  the industry. Nominations are open to the public and the final honoree list is selected by  Environment+Energy Leader. See this year’s honorees and past honorees here: 

Nominations for the E+E 100 are made by Environment+Energy Leader  

( readers and others that work in the industry, are vetted and then  Environment+Energy Leader team and a select group of advisors from the industry make the final  Honoree selections.