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He was born in Nyack, NY to Joseph Sr. and Elizabeth (Lee) Stach. He was appointed to the FDNY on October 21, 1990, retiring in 2010 as a Lieutenant with Ladder Company 6 after 20 years with the FDNY. He spent 72 hours at Ground Zero immediately following 9/11, and worked at the site for weeks. Joe was also a Life Member of Empire Hook & Ladder Co. #1 in Upper Nyack.
In 2010, Lieutenant Stach was awarded the Albert S. Johnston Medal for bravery.