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About Us

D-Dey Response Group 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?”

Heroes Making Heroes


We are a team of veterans committed to teaching the public how to save lives in austere environments.

D-Dey Response Group is veteran-owned and operated. Our mission is to educate and empower individuals in tactical and offshore medicine and weapons handling.

With realistic, scenario-based training methodologies, D-Dey prepares you for real-world emergencies and shooting experiences. D-Dey instructors are seasoned U.S. Armed Forces veterans and first responders with specialized skills to provide intensive hands-on learning in a dynamic environment.

We are the few, helping the many, and we are grateful to serve.

Woman and Veteran Owned

Cecilia Deyo, Founder and President

U.S. Navy Veteran, community change agent, veteran advocate, mother of two, and president of D-DEY Response Group, Cecilia Deyo was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Some 20 years later she began her eight year tenure with the U.S. Navy that included Iraq War deployment, the awarding of Sailor of the Year and an honorable discharge in 2009.

During Cecilia’s Navy deployment, she met and married Don Deyo and soon added to their family with the arrivals of Daniel and Maddie.

With the help of her co-founders and 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 grown to be an elite force in crisis training.

Cecilia’s vision for D-DEY was twofold – to create value-focused careers for veterans and to empower and prepare students to become potential heroes in an emergency.

Helping people throughout the nation overcome living life in fear is one of the greatest responsibilities to have. D-Dey is proud to provide a program that allows others to save a life in need.

As D-Dey has grown, so has Cecilia’s drive to expand the company’s footprint in 2019 with the founding of Dark Hammock Ranch, serving as its CEO, and D-Dey Relief Corp, serving as the president of this 501(c)3 organization.

But Cecilia’s compassion extends beyond D-Dey. 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

 

Meet The Team

Instructors

Don Deyo, Vice President for Business Development and Lead Instructor

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

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. 

Patrick Burroughs

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.

Alex Marco

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.

Mickey Fuentes

Mickey Fuentes served 11 years in the U.S. Army with the majority of his time in 7th Special Force Group (Airborne). He completed multiple deployments — first as an 18E Special Forces communications sergeant, then as an 18D Special Forces medical sergeant. He also did contract work which allowed him to create programs in flight, survival and tactical medicine, focusing on austere and prolonged field care medicine. After leaving the military, Mickey completed a B.S. degree in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis at Norwich University in Vermont, as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Project Management. He also hold a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of Silesia in Poland. Currently, Mickey is instructor for tactical, survival and wilderness medicine; an American Heart Association instructor for Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support; and a National Rifle Association pistol instructor. When he isn’t working he finds time for fishing, diving, reading and listening to classical music.

Matthew Dorn

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..

Daniel Hudnet

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. 

Bobby Burns

Bobby served 10 years in the U.S. Army on active duty, holding a primary MOS (military occupational specialty) of 18B Special Forces Weapons sergeant and secondary MOS of 11B infantryman. He deployed multiple times as a member of 5th Special Forces GroupF(A) to Lebanon, Jordan and Afghanistan. Following his tenure with 5th SFG(A), Bobby was assigned to teach future Green Berets at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, serving as an instructor for the Small Unit Tactics portion of the course. Bobby was medically separated from the Army in January, 2019. He has his Merchant Mariner Credential and is a NAUI master diver, allowing him to run charter fishing and diving operations in South Florida. In his free time he enjoys boating with his family, tournament fishing, skiing and spending time with his four German shepherds.

Joel Gupton

Over the past 15 years Joel Gupton has been a part of Special Operations and 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 has 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 is a consultant in the automotive industry, focusing on leadership and crisis management.

Don Deyo, Vice President for Business Development and Lead Instructor

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

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. 

Patrick Burroughs

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.

Alex Marco

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.

Mickey Fuentes

Mickey Fuentes served 11 years in the U.S. Army with the majority of his time in 7th Special Force Group (Airborne). He completed multiple deployments — first as an 18E Special Forces communications sergeant, then as an 18D Special Forces medical sergeant. He also did contract work which allowed him to create programs in flight, survival and tactical medicine, focusing on austere and prolonged field care medicine. After leaving the military, Mickey completed a B.S. degree in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis at Norwich University in Vermont, as well as an M.B.A. with a concentration in Project Management. He also hold a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of Silesia in Poland. Currently, Mickey is instructor for tactical, survival and wilderness medicine; an American Heart Association instructor for Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support; and a National Rifle Association pistol instructor. When he isn’t working he finds time for fishing, diving, reading and listening to classical music.

Matthew Dorn

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..

Daniel Hudnet

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. 

Bobby Burns

Bobby served 10 years in the U.S. Army on active duty, holding a primary MOS (military occupational specialty) of 18B Special Forces Weapons sergeant and secondary MOS of 11B infantryman. He deployed multiple times as a member of 5th Special Forces GroupF(A) to Lebanon, Jordan and Afghanistan. Following his tenure with 5th SFG(A), Bobby was assigned to teach future Green Berets at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, serving as an instructor for the Small Unit Tactics portion of the course. Bobby was medically separated from the Army in January, 2019. He has his Merchant Mariner Credential and is a NAUI master diver, allowing him to run charter fishing and diving operations in South Florida. In his free time he enjoys boating with his family, tournament fishing, skiing and spending time with his four German shepherds.

Joel Gupton

Over the past 15 years Joel Gupton has been a part of Special Operations and 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 has 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 is a consultant in the automotive industry, focusing on leadership and crisis management.

Administrative Team

Bill Morris, Vice President for Operations

D-Dey welcomed Bill Morris as the new vice president of operations in 2019. Retiring in 2018 after 35 years in the fire service, he also has worked in retail undercover security and as an instructor at Palm Beach State College, Indian River State College and the Health Career Institute. Married for 36 years, he and wife Kathy have two daughters, one son and one granddaughter. During his downtime you will find Bill hunting, fishing, camping and watching college football…go Florida State!!!

Charlene Owens, Executive Assistant

Prior to joining D-Dey, Charlene Owens, spent 15 years in the medical field as an office manager, medical assistant, radiology tech and phlebotomist. Married to Steve for 20 years, they have two teenage sons. After their second son was born with many special needs, Charlene spent the past 16 years as his caregiver and advocate, while also helping her husband with their irrigation business and working with two non-profit organizations that assist military veterans, and wives and children of the fallen. Since 2018, Charlene now spends her time working in all things D-Dey, while being actively involved in Southeast Florida Honor Flight that cares for veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. In her spare time she enjoys making memories with her husband and sons.

Kathleen Wyatt, Creative Director

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.

Cynnamon Deyo, Sales Associate

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.

Bill Morris, Vice President for Operations

D-Dey welcomed Bill Morris as the new vice president of operations in 2019. Retiring in 2018 after 35 years in the fire service, he also has worked in retail undercover security and as an instructor at Palm Beach State College, Indian River State College and the Health Career Institute. Married for 36 years, he and wife Kathy have two daughters, one son and one granddaughter. During his downtime you will find Bill hunting, fishing, camping and watching college football…go Florida State!!!

Kathleen Wyatt, Creative Director

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.

Charlene Owens, Executive Assistant

Prior to joining D-Dey, Charlene Owens, spent 15 years in the medical field as an office manager, medical assistant, radiology tech and phlebotomist. Married to Steve for 20 years, they have two teenage sons. After their second son was born with many special needs, Charlene spent the past 16 years as his caregiver and advocate, while also helping her husband with their irrigation business and working with two non-profit organizations that assist military veterans, and wives and children of the fallen. Since 2018, Charlene now spends her time working in all things D-Dey, while being actively involved in Southeast Florida Honor Flight that cares for veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. In her spare time she enjoys making memories with her husband and sons.

Cynnamon Deyo, Sales Associate

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.

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