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New License Plate Pays Homage To Linemen

Representatives with Georgia EMC, Electric Cities of Georgia, Georgia Power, and the public gathered Oct. 18 at the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House in Augusta for the unveiling of the state’s first Georgia vehicle license plate to pay tribute to linemen.

Sponsored in the Georgia House of Representatives by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) and carried in the Senate by Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega), House Bill 260 provides for a specialty license plate honoring Georgia’s electric utility line workers. It was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal in May.

“We are so pleased to be a part of recognizing the state’s linemen and to partner with Georgia’s electric utilities,” says Linda McKnight, president/CEO of the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. “While proceeds of the license plate will help thousands of burn patients and their families each year, we pray that no linemen in Georgia will ever have need of our services.”

According to the state’s utility partners, the timing of the unveiling event is especially meaningful just weeks after Tropical Storm Irma caused more than 1.5 million outages in Georgia. The unprecedented damage set in motion a massive restoration effort involving more than 13,000 utility personnel and additional resources from across the country.

Proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation (SFBF) which provides assistance to burn patients and their families at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

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