Atlanta supporters pay tribute to fallen heroes at 9/11 commemoration stair climb in Georgia, presented by FirstService Residential

Jeremy Rakusin, CFO of FirstService Corp, Mindy Anderson of FirstService Residential, Director of Lifestyle, Danny Ellis, President, and David Diestel, CEO, and Richard Deeb of Century Fire

“We are so proud to organize this event every year in honor of the first responders who selflessly gave their lives on that day. At FirstService Residential, we are committed to supporting social causes and the communities in which we live and work.”

FirstService Residential and the Sovereign Condominium recently hosted the Georgia 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, joining thousands across the country who scaled 110 flights of stairs, the equivalent of the World Trade Center, on the 21st anniversary of that tragic day. Local participants and donors helped raise more than $15,000 benefiting the FDNY Counseling Unit and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

On September 10, 2022, more than 100 climbers symbolically began their ascent of the Sovereign, Buckhead’s tallest building, at 8:46 a.m., just as the first plane landed in 2001. Those in attendance included firefighters from the former FDNY Engine 290 and Atlanta Engine 3, local police, sponsors, vendors and community members.

“We are so proud to host this event each year to honor the first responders who selflessly gave their lives that day, and I was truly touched to see the overwhelming support this year,” said Danny Ellis, President of FirstService Residential, the leader in residential property management. “At FirstService Residential, we are committed to supporting social causes and the communities in which we live and work.”

The National Fallen Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are held across the country to honor and remember the 343 FDNY firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice. Presented by FirstService Residential since 2016, the Georgia event has been held at the Sovereign, a company-managed residential building, for the past three years. There was a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, but supporters were keen to return to the in-person event this year.

“This has really become a passion for me,” said Pascale Kowalski, Executive Assistant at FirstService Residential, who was instrumental in organizing this event. “It’s just incredible to see the firefighters in uniform making the climb with all of us. It’s an emotional day and well worth the effort.”

Special thanks to the top three fundraising teams: FirstService Residential Associates, Strategic Claim Consultants and the Paul Davis Group. Generous sponsors have included Epic, Paul Davis, Sears Pool, Game Changers, Giant Enterprises, Gray Contracting, Winter Capriola Zenner Attorneys at Law, Century Fire Protection, Alford & Alford Certified Public Accountants, PC, Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, Team Pest USA, North Georgia Landscape Management, BCJ Building Services, Remediation Group and ZAGG.

If you are interested in attending next year’s event, contact Kowalski at or visit


About FirstService Residential

FirstService Residential is North America’s premier real estate management company, serving more than 8,600 communities across the United States and Canada, including low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise condominiums and cooperatives; single-family communities; Master Plan, Lifestyle and Active Adult Communities; as well as mixed-use and rented properties. HOAs, community associations, condominiums and Strata companies rely on their extensive experience, resources and local expertise to maximize property value and enhance the lifestyles of their residents. FirstService Residential strives to make a difference every day and does everything we can to provide exceptional service.

FirstService Residential is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (FSV), a North American leader in the real estate services sector. Visit for more information.

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