OEC shepherds Fallen Linemen license plate through legislature

CONTACT: Patrick Higgins

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives announced today that specialized Ohio license plates that honor and support fallen electric linemen are now available to order through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and BMV-affiliated websites. Proceeds will be donated to the Fallen Linemen Organization, a national 501(c)(3) group that provides emotional and financial support to the families of electric linemen who have been killed or injured on the job.

According to the Fallen Linemen Organization, an average of 33 line workers lose their lives annually in the call of duty, in an occupation that ranks among the top five most dangerous in the nation.

“Linemen are the unsung heroes who keep the lights on and the power flowing around the clock, often in hazardous conditions and in the most trying circumstances,” said Marc Armstrong, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives’ director of government affairs. “On behalf of the 24 electric cooperatives across the Buckeye State that we represent, and the nearly 1 million members served by our network, Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives is proud to have supported the effort of the Ohio General Assembly to bring the plate to fruition.”