Thank You First Responder Launches Mental Health First Aid Program

Stan Smith, Matt Jackson, Sheriff Gregory Tony, Doug Stepelton, Mark Alfieri, and Doug Campbell

Thank You First Responder, Inc. and Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan launched a campaign to offer a Mental Health First Aid training course to First Responders at BrandStar Studios located in Deerfield Beach, February 15, 2019.

The Town Hall style meeting featured remarks by Commissioner Tim Ryan, Sheriff Gregory Tony, a MHFA course overview by retired First Responder, Deputy Fire Chief, Michael Allora, a live performance by Singer-Songwriter Matt Jackson and the presentation of the First Annual Doug Stepelton “Culture of Thank You” Award, as well as remarks from Florida State Representative Chip LaMarca.

The GEO Group, through its Foundation, will be announced as a sponsor of the Inaugural eight (8) hour training course on Mental Health First Aid, for a Class of 20 First Responders taught by Michael Allora. The GEO Group provides complementary, turnkey solutions for numerous government partners worldwide across a spectrum of diversified correctional and community reentry services.

“Our goal with this event is to continue to raise awareness of the importance of creating a “Culture of Thank You” for First Responders, honoring those who make the ultimate sacrifice and provide resources and solutions for First Responders in their daily lives “ said TYFRO Co-Founder and Singer-Songwriter Matt Jackson. Visit

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