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September 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of the Registry of Motor Vehicles Special Plate program, established by the legislature as an opportunity for charitable organizations to raise funds through a dedicated license plate.

In recognition of the anniversary, the MassDOT blog is sharing the story of some of the nearly 20 special plates.

To sign up for a special license plate today, please visit

To learn more about all plates in Massachusetts, please visit

RMV Plate Firefighters

License Plate: Fallen Firefighters  Year Plate: 2007

Number of Plates on the Road: 7,675  Funds Raised for Charity: $ 1,028,948.00

Statewide Memorial Honors the Heroism of all Firefighters – Past, Present and Future

Firefighters are special people. Often called “heroes” by the communities they serve, firefighters will tell you they were just “doing their job.” The Firefighters Memorial special plate is a way for the public to support firefighters and all they do.

Proceeds from the sales of the special plate support the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial, a statewide Memorial located at the State House. The statue stands tall as a tribute to the spirit, courage and dedication of past, present and future firefighters.

Unveiled on September 11, 2007, the Memorial is made up of a larger than life statue of three firefighters in the search and rescue mode. The 10-foot statue sits on a marble Maltese cross, surrounded by a “Ring of Honor,” that includes the names of deceased firefighters. The bronze statue weighs 3,000 lbs and was designed by local artist, Bob Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn.

The special license plates helped to make the memorial park a reality, and today continue to support the upkeep of the site.

Each year an annual ceremony is held on September 11 to honor the fire community and unveil the names that have been added that year. More information can be found at

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