Wildlife Consultant Joel Gupton's death announced: D-dey group mourns his loss

Olivia Olphin July 16, 2021


News of the death of wildlife consultant and former Army medic Joel Gupton was shared by his friends and colleagues on social media last night. Many are reflecting on his profound affect on the North Carolina community, and are celebrating the incredible life he led.

Who was Joel Gupton?

Joel Gupton was a Green Beret medic who worked with the D-Dey response group in North Carolina.

He had been part of the US Army for more than 15 years, working in special operations and as a US Army medical sergeant. Gupton was a National Registry paramedic, a tactical combat casualty care instructor, and was previously deployed to Afghanistan.

Joel gained his bachelors degree in natural resources and conservation from the University of North Carolina in 2000, and then his masters in international relations and affairs from Pineland University.

He often appeared on YouTube channel CarryTrainer, which has 252k subscribers.

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Gupton grew up on a tobacco farm and was also a consultant in the automotive industry, with a speciality in leadership and crisis management.

His other jobs have included consultant for Ragged Edge Solutions, president of RED-TD8 for security and medical counselling, and medicine advisor for Red One Medical.

Joel also had two dogs, Nash and Pepper, who he loved dearly.

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What is the D-Dey response group?

According to the group’s website, the D-Dey response group: “Equips and trains everyday people to be tomorrow’s heroes.”

Essentially the group strives to give civilians the tools to be able to respond quickly and effectively in difficult and emergency situations. Whether that is medical training or managing a stressful situation.

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The group was founded in 2014 by Cecila Deyo, a former US Navy veteran from Fort Worth, Texas. D-Dey also creates jobs for former veterans and seeks to give back to the community.

The group said it was devastated at news of the death of Joel Gupton and posted:

“There was no other man like him on this earth and he is irreplaceable.”

Joel Gupton’s death announced on social media

His friend, Tim Kennedy, shared news of Joel’s passing on his Facebook account last night. He wrote:

“It is with great sadness we have to share the loss of one of our cadre and brothers in Special Forces Joel Gupton. The entire Sheepdog Response family, everyone he has trained, and everyone that knew Joel, loved him.”

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He also acknowledged the profound contribution Gupton had made to so many people’s lives:

“The community truly lost one of the great ones. Joel will be missed by many and remembered by many. We ask that you please pray for Joel’s family in this difficult time. He is a hero that served his county with every ounce of his being. I love you Joel.”

We send our condolences to Joel Gupton’s family and friends.

Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.