License plate pays tribute to linemen, benefits burn patients

Georgians can show additional support and appreciation for GreyStone Power linemen and other utility line crews through the purchase of the state’s first “Thank a Lineman” vehicle license plate. 

For the vital work linemen perform in extraordinary circumstances such as Tropical Storm Irma, and for their commitment every day, House Bill 260 was sponsored in the Georgia House of Representatives by Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) and carried in the Senate by Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) to make available a specialty license plate to honor Georgia’s electric utility line workers, including GreyStone linemen. It was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal in May. 

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. 

Specifically, the SFBF provides a place to stay for the families of burn patients at the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House, just a few steps from the Burn Center, as well as meals and transportation to and from the hospital. After patients are discharged, the SFBF also provides assistance with prescriptions, anti-scarring garments and transportation to follow-up doctor visits. 

Georgians who are interested in purchasing a “Thank A Lineman” license plate can visit when renewing your annual motor vehicle registration. For the first 1,000 plates, the one-time $25 specialty plate manufacturing fee will be waived by the Motor Vehicles Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue with a $25 minimum donation to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. 

In addition, by an act of the General Assembly and Governor Deal, $10 of the Georgia Department of Revenue’s $35 annual specialty tag fee for “Thank A Lineman” license plates will be contributed to SFBF each year for as long as the motorist renews the specialty plate. 

We hope you’ll consider purchasing a “Thank a Lineman” license plate to recognize line crews and support burn patients and their families through the important work of the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. 

Photo: New “Thank a Lineman” license plates recognize line crews and support burn patients and their families through the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. 



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