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WTC LIne of Duty Funeral Arrangements for Retired Lt. Joseph R. Stach, Jr., Ladder 6 - posted 1/11/2018

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 Jan. 7, 2108, like so many other firefighters, EMTs, 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 F.D. 



Visitation for Lt Stach is scheduled on Thursday, January 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. Friday, January 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.

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