The Linemen of Pend Oreille County Scholarship Fund was started by David "Hootie" Fisher,
Chris "Spanky" Reijonen and brothers Justin and Travis Smith. All four men were raised in Pend Oreille County, attended Cusick High School, Avista Line School in Spokane and went on to pursue careers as linemen. Brandon Corkill recently became another contributor to the fund. Corkill is a lineman for the Pend Oreille Public Utility District. Reijonen recently moved back to Washington and works at the Chelan PUD, while the others work outside line construction in California. Their collective hope is to pay it forward by encouraging work in the trade and by investing in their own community. Each one of the men has intense pride for the trade—to them, it's not a 9-to-5 job, it's a brotherhood.
"I am my brother's keeper."
David "Hootie" Fisher
We want to support those looking to enter the lineman trade by getting them started in the right direction. Specifically, we want to give back to our own community in Pend Oreille County. Not only that, but the trades are needed now more than ever. We want students to know that they can make an immediate impact all while learning the skills associated with the trade and getting paid instead of just paying into an institution for four years.
Chris "Spanky" Reijonen