9/11 Fireman - HERO Dad

9/11 Fireman – HERO Dad!

The number of firefighters and other first responders being diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of working countless days at the site of the Twin Towers rubble has been growing. These are not statistics, they are reality.  In yet another tragic tale, in the early weeks of March 2017, retired FDNY Lt. Joseph Stach was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His son Darren writes;

“When most people hear the word hero they think of their favorite comic book character, but for me it's my dad. Growing up he was a fireman for the FDNY. He was even awarded a medal from Mayor Bloomberg for pulling a man out from a burning building. Even more courageous than that was when he was a first responder during the events of 9/11. He spent the first 72 hours at ground zero after the attacks and went back more times than I can count afterwards. From that day on he has been plagued with health issues which forced him to retire sooner than he had intended. Ultimately it has led to him being diagnosed with cancer. He's the toughest person I know and I know he can fight this. I wanted to share his story so that more people would know my dad is a hero.”

 When somebody you know and love is fighting an illness or medical condition the last thing they need to brood over is how their family will manage. From doctor’s bills and copayments to travel costs and lost wages, it can take its toll rather quickly. Even with insurance, medical bills can become a financial burden. The contributions given to the Stach family will provide them some respite from the encumbrance that a diagnosis of cancer can bring.

Before this campaign began Jo-Ann was hesitant to give her consent. It’s often hard for any of us to ask for help and her family is no exception. However, she permitted it to go forward under two very important stipulations [in true Jo-Ann Stach fashion];

1)     Each contributor allows her to groom their pet one time FOR FREE!
2)     {For those that do not have pets} you allow her to cook FOR YOU one night in the future.

Non negotiable!   ;) 

In a war like this against a faceless enemy, every tiny bit of humanity helps. This is Lt. Stach’s new war and he’s ready to do battle! Let’s be his hero this time.

The Stach family thanks everybody for their contributions, the prayers, the offering of food, and the willingness to assist with everyday tasks. This is truly a story of love, hope, friendship, triumph and positivity that emerges from a families darkest hours.


  • Sarah Ahl 
    • $20 
    • 33 mos
  • John Muldoon 
    • $100 
    • 52 mos
  • Timothy Stanley 
    • $100 
    • 53 mos
  • Nyack Schools Security 
    • $100 
    • 53 mos
  • Tom Damore 
    • $100 
    • 53 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Tanja Pocernich-Wisner 
Nyack, NY
Jo-Ann Stach