D-Dey Response Group equips and trains everyday people to be tomorrow’s heroes. From elite military-style training courses to trauma-ready medical kits, we provide the tools, training, and resources to give everyone the ability to respond correctly in a variety of high-stress emergency situations. The skills and equipment that D-Dey Response Group provides will give you peace of mind so that you never have to ask yourself, “What if I could have done more?”
MEET THE TEAM
Vice president for business development and lead instructor for D-DEY Response Group since 2014, Don Deyo was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1970. Don retired from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue at the rank of Lieutenant in December of 2017, after spending 17 years serving the residents of Palm Beach County, Florida. He also retired from the US Army Special Forces “Green Berets” in 2014 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Don’s distinguished 27- year career took him all over the world from training soldiers in South America to combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He and wife Cecilia have been married since 2008, and he is the father of four children.
Tom Collins is currently serving as a colonel (O-6) in the 20th SF Group. He started his military career as an enlisted 18D combat medic and has since become a physician’s assistant (P.A.) and has also earned his M.D. credentials. His enlisted and commissioned career spans over 32 years and he has deployed to Africa, the Middle East, South America and beyond. His expertise is invaluable as it has been crucial to help build the D-DEY training programs to what they are today. Tom has been a part of the D-DEY team since its founding, and his knowledge and experience is part of why D-DEY remains on the cutting edge of tactical medicine. He currently lives in New York City and works as a P.A. when not deployed with the military.
A firefighter paramedic in special operations for well over a decade, Patrick Burroughs also has worked as a paramedic in a level-one trauma center. Having been with D-Dey for four years as a lead instructor and course developer, Patrick also currently works as an independent government contractor and federal consultant on numerous counter terrorism aspects from a CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) materials and medical point of view.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Alex Marco joined the U.S. Army in 1984 with the goal of becoming a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. After completing the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1986, he graduated as a Special Operations Medical Sergeant/18Delta in 1987. During his 26 years with the 20th Special Forces Group, Alex deployed to numerous countries throughout Latin America. During the global war on terror, he also deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan several times. In addition to his military background, he has worked as a firefighter/paramedic in Miami Dade for over 25 years.
Matt is a senior Special Forces on-commissioned officer with over 30 years of Special Operations experience. He also has served as the senior medical sergeant and intelligence NCO on a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, on Florida Power and Light’s Nuclear Security Division Staff and as a Red Cell team leader for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Matt lives in Key West, working for a federal law enforcement agency.
Dan has served in the U.S. Army since 1992 with active duty service as well as Florida Army National Guard and Army Reserves, with multiple deployments to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bosnia. He holds the military occupational specialties of both 11B Infantry and 19D Cavalry Scout and currently serves in the Army Reserves as a First Sergeant. Dan also has worked full-time for Martin County Fire Rescue since 2004 as a firefighter paramedic, and as members of the Special Response and Dive teams. He holds multiple instructor certifications and has been teaching throughout his careers for the Army and fire department. In his free time he enjoys free diving, scuba diving, spearfishing, snowboarding and firearms training.
Florida native, Alexander Camacho joined the U.S Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in 2012. He operated as a Search and Rescue Medical Technician stationed with the Marine Corps in Yuma, AZ. During his five year enlistment, Alexander conducted helicopter MedEvacs and Technical Rope Rescues for the greater Yuma area. Since his enlistment, he has continued his service to his local community becoming a Registered Nurse, Firefighter/ Paramedic.
Bryant comes to D-Dey with over 24 years of military experience with 15 of those years as an Army Special Forces Officer. He has served in multiple roles throughout his career with several combat deployments as an ODA Commander and Staff Officer. Since his retirement he has worked in business development in the oil and gas industry covering the Rocky Mountain region for his company. Bryant returns back home to the Gulf Coast area where he has always called home to lead in D-Dey’s expansion plan along the Gulf Coast region. Bryant is married, has two children, and a dog named Gumbo.
Tom comes to D-DEY with 13 years of law enforcement experience from New Hampshire. He holds multiple instructor certifications which include firearms, police driving, and defensive tactics. During his career he also spent time as a SWAT operator/ training coordinator on a regional SWAT team. Tom is a United States Navy Veteran, with 7 years of service, specializing in anti-terrorism and force protection. He is also an experienced and certified Armorer. Tom now happily resides in Florida with his wife, children, and dogs.
Josh was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He has had a diverse career, starting as a government contractor before transitioning to become a firefighter/medic in 2012. Currently, he works at the special operations station for the city of West Palm Beach Fire Department. Josh has also spent 18 years as a boat captain, gaining extensive experience on the water. Josh has had some unique experiences in his career, including serving as a member of the joint Antarctic Search and Rescue team for a winter season in Antarctica. He also made a cameo appearance as a medic on the TV show Naked and Afraid. With his diverse background and unwavering commitment to service, Josh is a remarkable individual who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to any endeavor he undertakes. As a loving husband and father, family is of utmost importance to him.
Caleb Mendez is a highly experienced firefighter paramedic and full-time tactical medic for Miami Dade County's Special Response Team (SRT). With 16 years of dedicated service in the field, Caleb has accumulated a range of specialized certifications, including Technical Rescue Technician (TRT) and marine firefighting. As a state-certified course delivery instructor for over eight years, Caleb is committed to sharing his extensive knowledge and expertise with others in the field. He has developed a reputation for his excellent instructional skills, helping to train and mentor a new generation of firefighters and emergency responders. Caleb's experience in the field has prepared him to handle even the most challenging situations with calmness and precision. As a tactical medic, he plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of his team members during high-risk operations, utilizing his skills and knowledge to provide advanced medical care in the field. With a proven track record of excellence and dedication to his craft, Caleb is a valued member of Miami Dade County's emergency response community.
Prior to joining the D-Dey team, Cynnamon spent the past 3 ½ years working as a recovery coach at one of the top treatment centers in America for eating disorders. She worked one-on-one with women, guiding them through meals and providing support for their trauma and anxiety. Currently, Cynnamon also is a student at Florida Atlantic University, with hopes of becoming a nurse and providing private recovery coach services to women all over the country.
Kathleen Wyatt joined D-Dey in 2019, bringing with her over a decade of experience developing engaging print and digital design solutions. She received a BFA in Graphic Design and a Minor in Art History from the University of South Florida. Adept at visual strategy, layout development, typography, color theory, and branding; she’s created forward-thinking graphic designs and strategies. Kathleen and husband Phil are the proud parents of two children. When she’s not matching Pantone colors, you can find Kathleen and her family enjoying various sports and coastal adventures, volunteering with The Children’s Museum, hanging with their dogs, or hunting down the best made guacamole in South Florida.
IN MEMORY OF
U.S. Navy Veteran, community change agent, veteran advocate, mother of two, and CEO of the D-DEY Response Group brands, Cecilia Deyo was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. At the age of 19, she began her eight year tenure with the U.S. Navy that included an Iraq War deployment, the awarding of Sailor of the Year, multiple honors, awards and commendations, and an honorable discharge in 2009.
During Cecilia’s combat tour of service, she met Don Deyo, a US Army Special Forces operator and first responder. After her separation from military service, they married and soon added to their blended family with the arrivals of their children, Daniel and Madeleine. “Team Deyo" as Cecilia refers to them includes Cynnamon and DJ, Don’s two older children.
With the help of her mentors, Cecilia established D-DEY Response Group in 2014 in the kitchen of her home as a stay at home mom and full-time student at Florida Atlantic University. From humble beginnings, D-DEY has doubled in revenue nearly every year since its inception and has grown to be an elite force in crisis training with an international reach.
Cecilia’s vision for D-DEY was twofold – to create value-focused careers for members of her beloved veteran community and to empower and prepare students to become potential heroes in an emergency.
Helping fellow citizens, businesses, government agencies, and first responders throughout the nation overcome the fear of unpreparedness through training is one of the greatest responsibilities to have. D-Dey is proud to provide a program that allows others to save and respond to a life in need, while building confidence and empowerment in its clients.
As D-Dey has grown, so has Cecilia’s drive to expand the company’s footprint. In 2018, she founded D-Dey Relief Corp, serving as the president of this not-for-profit organization that was dedicated to sending medical aid and security teams to areas devastated by natural disasters during Hurricane Dorian. In 2020, she established two more companies with the founding of D-DEY Offshore and D-DEY Tactical.
Cecilia’s dedication and passion extends beyond the D-Dey brands. Since 2010 she has dedicated herself to other business, community and non-profit activities. They include: FAU Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2014, Junior League of Martin County 2010 - 2018 Active Member, Junior League of Martin County 2019 Sustainer, Impact 100 Martin County 2018 - present, Freedom Fighter Outdoors Volunteer 2016 - 2017 and Freedom Fighter Outdoors Board member 2018 - 2022, Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation Board member and Treasurer 2020 - present.
Joel Gupton was a part of Special Operations as a senior U.S. Army Special Forces medical sergeant/18 Delta, with two combat tours and multiple training missions around the globe. During this time he attained some of the highest civilian and military paramedical credentials to include: National Registry Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic, U.S. Special Operations Command Advanced Tactical Paramedic, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor. While still serving in the Reserves Joel deployed to Afghanistan as a special operations liaison for USSOCOM’s Mobile Technology and Repair Complex. He also was a consultant in the automotive industry, focusing on leadership and crisis management.