With all the “stuff” in the news these days, so much gets lost. What we – any of us – can’t allow to get lost are the continued Line of Duty Deaths of the FDNY Firefighters* who continue to die torturous, horrific deaths* due to the attacks on our Country. While the deaths are equally horrific, when there are kids involved, it only adds to the continued pain.
We are so sorry to pass on that FDNY Lt. (Ret.) Joseph Stach Jr., cited for bravery so many times as a firefighter, has died in the Line of Duty. He died on January 7, 2108, like so many other Firefighters, EMT’s Police officers and others from the toxic exposure that he suffered as he worked at the site.
Over time, Lt Stach’s illnesses had turned into pancreatic cancer. Rigorous chemotherapy sapped so much of his strength, so when he returned home from a treatment one day, he welcomed the site of his spruced-up home. In standard Stach wit, he told the Daily News: “It pays to know people.”
Lt. Stach is survived by his wife, JoAnn Ryan-Stach, and five children: Darren, Corrin, Kayla, Ryan, and Tyler; his parents, Joseph Sr. and Lee Stach; and his sister, Lisa Ryder and her family.
Stach became an FDNY Firefighter on Oct. 21, 1990. He served in Engine 48 and Ladder 56 and Ladder 6. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from St. Thomas Aquinas Collage in Sparkill. He served as life member/volunteer Firefighter with the Empire Hook & Ladder Co. #1 in Upper Nyack of the Nyack FD..
Visitation for Lt Stach is scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at St. Ann’s Church, 16 Jefferson St., Nyack. A service by Nyack Fire Department will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Funeral services are at St. Ann’s in Nyack at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, followed by interment at Gethsemane Cemetery, Rockland Lake State Park. Donations in Joe Stach’s memory can be made to the FDNY Family Assistance Unit, 9 MetroTech Center Room 5E-9, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Hannemann Funeral Home in Nyack is handling arrangements.
9/11 ATTACKS CONTINUE
*Only eight days into a new year, 9/11 deaths include NYPD Lt. Paul Murphy of Long Island and New York State Trooper Michael J. Anson of Albany County, who was assigned to New York City after Sept. 11, 2001, to aid in the search and recovery efforts. So many more suffer daily with illnesses from their service.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.