At the February 19th board meeting in Friday Harbor, family and friends of the OPALCO Apprentice who was held at gun-point in his home addressed the Board and asked for their help to bring the perpetrators to justice. The Board discussed the community reward offered and voted unanimously to match whatever funds are raised, up to $10,000.
“We will not tolerate violence in our community,” said board president Jim Lett. “We will do all that we can to help bring this matter to justice. We stand with our new Apprentice, Josh Mayson, and will not let these events prevent his success on this career path.”
The County initially offered a reward of $2,500 for information that leads to the conviction of the criminals. Dan Kimple, Mayson’s father, has gathered pledges from community members of up to $7,500. With OPALCO’s match, the total reward amount could reach $20,000 for information that leads to the conviction of the criminals responsible for these acts.
Former OPALCO Lineman Dave Resch stood with the family at the board meeting. “I’m 100% behind Josh,” said Resch. “Every new hire should have the right to prove himself and nobody should have to go through what he’s been through. We have to make this stop.”
OPALCO’s leadership, local law enforcement and the Orcas Island community ask that anyone with information – no matter how small it seems – call 911 or the anonymous tip line at 360-370-7629.