Clarkstown: Street Dedicated to Firefighter who Died of 9/11-Related Causes

The Journal News - October 14, 2018

by Nicholas Tantillo

Nicholas Tantillo, CLARKSTOWN - A previously unmarked road in a tree-lined, residential part of the town has been renamed "Joe Stach's Way," after a firefighter who died of 9/11-related causes.

After a 10 ½-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Joe Stach died in January at the age of 51, his wife said. He served as a lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, members of the FDNY and fire departments from Upper Nyack and Valley Cottage gathered at the Stach's home for a renaming ceremony. Town officials, family and friends were also in attendance.

Stach's wife, JoAnn, said the renamed road — linking Cottage Road and Valley Road — is "incredible."

"It will be forever, and there's a story behind it," she said, adding that years from now people will want to know about her husband.

Jason Cruz of the FDNY described Stach as a "legacy firefighter," who was steady under pressure.

"He gave me confidence in the unknown," Cruz said.

Stach joined the FDNY in 1990 and retired in 2010, Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann said at the ceremony. He was also a member of Upper Nyack's volunteer Fire Department.

Stach was a firefighter during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in Manhattan, the fallout from which was later linked to his pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his parents, sister, wife and five children.