Sara Hertwig
Dan Reich, 70, John Schmidt, 71, and Don Spears, 65, pose for a photo with Rich Fleming, the volunteer service coordinator.
Jeffco Sheriff’s Office’s volunteer reserves lend a helping hand

If you spot him working security at the Jeffco courthouse, Don Spears looks just like any other Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy.

And when it comes to training, he pretty much is. But unlike other Jeffco deputies, Spears is not paid to be there. He’s part of the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy program, though, visually, nothing sets him apart other than a small reserve patch on the shoulder of his dark green uniform.