What is a Fire Dawg?
A Fire Dawg is a military firefighter. It is a term awarded to military firefighters and graduates from the Department of Defense Fire Academy. In the military, the firefighter motto is: Desire to Serve, Ability to Perform, Courage to Act. Bennett J. Grove II is our Owner and was a military firefighter in the Air Force for 6 years, both on active duty in the Air Force and in the Air National Guard. We proudly use the Fire Dawgs name as a symbol that our company has been built on the character, integrity and professionalism that comes with fire department roots.
With a foundation built on firefighting roots, we have been able to create a company culture and team full of Tough Dawgs that Get It Done! We are committed to providing a professional service with screened, uniformed removers and having a customer service team available to serve our clients. As a result, we have been able to earn a reputation as a company with character, integrity and grit. The guiding principle for all Fire Dawgs is to “Treat Every Customer the Way You Would Want Your Family to be Treated!”
About Our Junk Removal Services
What makes us unique? We are a Certified Veteran Owned Small Business. We are a Firefighter Owned Business, we are local to Indiana and NOT a Franchise. We are Family Owned by Bennett and Miranda Grove. We are an Award Winning Service provider, and BBB’s 2020 Business Of Integrity Award Recipient. As a featured Best Contractor, Super Service Award Winner and F.C. Tucker Home Services Best in Class Winner, the team at Fire Dawgs Junk Removal places an emphasis on the customer’s experience and eco-friendly junk removal practices. We specialize in a wide array of debris removal, cleanouts and other hauling services. Additionally, we recycle, donate, or reuse at least 60% of the items we remove for our customers. If we are able to donate items on your behalf, we will send you a tax-deductible receipt!
Why Choose Fire Dawgs Junk Removal?
- We provide services to both Commercial and Residential Properties
- Local and Veteran Owned– We are Indiana’s Veteran Owned Junk Hauling Company
- 9 year consecutive Angie’s List – Super Service Award Winner
- 6 years running Best in Class, named a ThreeBestRated.com company and have been featured as Best Contractor
- F.C. Tucker Home Services Top 12 Contractor
- We are Home Advisor Screened and Approved Company
- We have Professional, Trained, Insured and Certified Technicians
- We are Accredited and A+ Rated by the BBB- 2020 Business of Integrity Award Winner
- Better Business Bureau We Donate, Reuse, or Recycle at least 60% of the items we haul away
We Treat Every Customer the Way We Would Want Our Family Treated
Bennett J. Grove II
Owner, Chief Executive Officer
Brief Bio: Founder, Owner and CEO of Fire Dawgs, Inc., Bennett developed the concept of Fire Dawgs from his service in the military, having served the greatest country in the world for 6 years in the Air Force as a firefighter. After serving in the military, he transitioned his firefighting career to the civilian side working for the Department of Defense as a civilian firefighter. He currently works at Grissom Fire Department on Grissom Air Force Base. With help from his fellow firefighters, the business and concept was launched working off duty days from the firehouse with little cash and part time employees. Today, through ongoing re-investment into the business, we have a management team, lead technicians and a customer service team. Bennett will tell you what he enjoys most about the business is building leaders. However, what he loves the most in life is being a husband to his wife and a father to his two little boys.
Owner, Chief Marketing Officer
Brief Bio: Happy Wife, Happy Life! Miranda isn’t the type to sit on the sidelines and root for the team, she likes to get involved. Bennett knew better than to get in the way once her mind was made up, so Miranda’s journey as the Chief Marketing Officer was born. With a Master’s degree in English, and after just having her first child, Miranda was wanting to leave her career as an English teacher but still wanting to remain active and engaged with her skill set. Marketing was a natural fit and Miranda never looked back. For over the last three years, Miranda has been involved with all of our key marketing decisions for Fire Dawgs and will continue to be an asset to Fire Dawgs for the foreseeable future.
Director of Operations
Brief Bio: Overseeing all day-to-day operations, Alex Seitz sets the company standard of “excellence in all we do”! After being one of the original FDJR team members, Alex stepped away to sharpen his skills and grow his career before returning to us in 2021 as the missing piece of the puzzle. Alex is a master of all trades and does everything from taking apart your biggest sheds, to estimates, and supporting our team in the office. Some of Alex’s favorite hobbies include working on his farm and spending quality time with family! Fun fact — Alex has a degree in musical education with a specialization in tuba!
Brief Bio: Known around the company as the “Michael Jordan of Junk Removal”, Colin Elliot knows a thing or two about getting “IT” done for our customers! Colin joined our team part-time in 2017, but joined our team full-time in 2022 after 12 years in the fire service. Colin’s favorite part about working at Fire Dawgs is being able to help someone come in from day one and grow within the company as they get through the training program. While in the field, he enjoys helping people clear out whatever their space is and enjoys seeing the happiness of customers when jobs big or small are completed. Outside of work he loves spending time with his wife and kids!
Customer Service Manager
Service Manager of Demolition
Brief Bio: Heading up our Indianapolis team for all things demolition and remediation, David Allender is a master in speciality junk removal! David leads our crews for all residential and commercial demolition projects around the 317! He is a Certified IICRC technician that knows how to properly handle your home or property. No matter how big or small your project is, David has the Tough Dawg mentality to get “IT” done!
Brief Bio: With over 15 years of experience in customer service, Nick Smith knows how to keep his clients and customers happy. Joining us in 2016 and being the longest running employee next to our CEO and CMO, Nick understands our guiding princple of “Treat every customer the way you would want your family to be treated.” With an amazing track record of customer satisfaction, Nick leads our team in customer engagement — while also helping manage our internal employee affairs. Nick’s favorite part about servicing our customers is helping relieve them of their junk and creating a change in their life.
Business Development Representative
Brief Bio: Helping our company build relationships, Eddie Rodriguez’s bubbly and outgoing personality demonstrates our guiding principle of “Treat every customer the way you would want your family to be treated.” Joining our team in 2022, Eddie helps our team connect with both commercial and residential customers to form long-term relationships. He appreciates being able to network with other businesses to acquire new work for Fire Dawgs, and enjoys the positive energy he receives when he tells clients about what our company can do for them! While he loves to meet people outside of the organization, his favorite part about working at Fire Dawgs are the bonds that he’s built within the company. In his free time, Eddie enjoys bowfishing and working on small restoration projects.
IT / Customer Service Representative
Brief Bio: From serving our customers to being a tech wizard extraordinaire, Matthew Olson is the dependable rock that is always able to come up with a solution. Between creating a unique customer experience, solving IT problems, and helping to run the Firepenuers podcast — Matthew does it all! Outside of work, Matthew is an aspiring aviator and played multiple sports at the collegiate level.
Brief Bio: Leading the charge as the Operations Manager at our Muncie location, Ryan Partin takes pride in serving his team members and community! Joining Fire Dawgs in 2021 after 5 years of serving at the Yorktown Fire Department, Ryan has a knack for helping others. Ryan’s favorite part about working at Fire Dawgs is helping customers relieve stress and declutter their homes and properties! His favorite jobs are cleanouts and demolitions because he likes seeing the final product after putting in hours of hard work for our customers. In addition to helping others get clutter-free, Ryan still serves his community as a part-time firefighter. In his free time, Ryan enjoys being outdoors, photography, and spending time with his family and friends.
Brief Bio: As the Service Manager at our Muncie location, Cole Flory enjoys leading our team in getting the tough jobs done for our customers! Joining the team in 2021, Cole has served as a versatile asset in many different roles in our company. Cole’s favorite thing about Fire Dawgs is the company culture and the drive to get “IT” done! His favorite job is doing selective demolition — removing items in a clean and professional manner. He enjoys seeing a space opening up and the customer’s reaction to the fruits of his labor! In his spare time, Cole enjoys woodworking and building new items for his home.
Fort Wayne, IN
Customer Service Specialist
Brief Bio: Being the point of contact for our customers in the Fort Wayne area, Jacquline Graves enjoys helping customers get clutter-free with her friendly and personalized service! Joining Fire Dawgs in 2022, Jacquline is a key asset to our customer service department by making sure our customers are treated like family! Her favorite part about working at Fire Dawgs is that every day she faces new challenges that our customers need help solving. She enjoys the variety of pick-ups that customers have, and takes pleasure in helping them take the load off their shoulders. In addition to serving those with their junk removal needs, she serves her community in the Air National Guard. In her free time, Jacquline enjoys being outdoors!
Business Development Manager
Looking to start a new career at a growing and award-winning company? Then, you’ve come to the right place. If you are a highly motivated, and let’s face it, a fun person to be around doesn’t hurt, then we want to hear from you. When you become a part of the Fire Dawgs team, you align yourself with a company that has values, great work ethics, and a work environment that allows you to grow and succeed.