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Heavy Rescue: 401

New Episode Tuesdays 10 ET

PREFERRED TOWING

GARY VANDENHEUVEL

Gary and his wife, Tammy, are the founders of Preferred Towing. Highly respected in the heavy recovery industry, the company has earned a reputation for being able to tackle extremely difficult jobs in the Sarnia area. With heavy traffic and blinding lake-effect squalls Gary’s team faces an onslaught of challenging recoveries - including one that shakes Gary to his core.
PREFERRED TOWING

COLLIN VANDENHEUVEL

This season, Collin takes on an expanded role in the heavy recovery side of his dad’s company. But even after years of safety training, Collin will learn that out on the highway, danger comes when you least expect it.
PREFERRED TOWING

KYLE PEWTRESS

Kyle takes a front and centre role in a string of extreme recoveries this season. Some push his skills to new levels. Others test his endurance and ability to handle exhaustion and bone-chilling conditions
PREFERRED TOWING

MARK COLBRAN

In season three, Mark has multiple chances to prove he is developing a wide range of heavy recovery skills when he is called to wreck after wreck on the 402. But when Mark suddenly finds himself almost a thousand kilometres from home with a new crew, he is truly put to the test - forced to attempt a maneuver most operators never try in their careers.
ROSS’ SERVICES

DAVID ROSS

David has decades of experience behind him and has handed over much of the front line operations to his sons, but make no mistake, David has still got it. This season he oversees a recovery so bold and spectacular that an entire town turns out to see if he can pull it off. 
 
ROSS’ SERVICES

MIKE ROSS

Born into the business, Mike is a complete natural when it comes to recovery. He has an uncanny ability to make almost any job look easy - but this season he’ll face recoveries of a scope and scale that will test even his skills.
ROSS’ SERVICES

DAVE MOSS

When you are very good at dealing with smashed up semis, it’s hard to stay retired. So it is with Dave who keeps finding himself back on the highways pulling mangled tractor-trailers out of ditches. This season, Dave tackles two massive recoveries. It’s a chance to not only show off his skills, but pass some knowledge along to the younger generation working the highway.
ROSS’ SERVICES

RICK “BEAR” RENDERS

“Bear” has seen more than most over the course of his heavy recovery career. All those years and all those trials and tribulations may have left calluses on his hands, but not on his heart. This season “Bear” has a chance to make a difference in a young boy’s life. It’s a small gesture, but it ends up having a big impact on both the boy and “Bear”.
ROSS' SERVICES

BRAD PRINCE

This season Brad shows he has the true spirit of heavy recovery - smart, hard-working and with the ability to adapt. But rarely has a young up-and-comer faced an epic recovery like what’s in store for Brad this season. And his key role in trying to make it happen could either bolster his confidence or crush it.
COXON’S TOWING

BRAD COXON

Brad took over Coxon’s Towing from his father with the aim of growing the company into a top player in the heavily-trafficked Windsor-Detroit region. But Brad is more than just a businessman, he can sling chains and run a wrecker with the best of them.
COXON'S TOWING

ERIC GODARD

One of the best heavy recovery operators around, Eric has mentored many in his long career. But this season, Eric literally puts his life in the hands of one of the young men he’s trained in an precision recovery where getting things wrong, even by an millimetre, could have a devastating outcome.
COXON'S TOWING

ADAM MOORE

Adam can come across as easy-going, but don’t let that friendly smile fool you. When it comes to learning the ropes of heavy recovery, this guy is all business. This season he faces the ultimate challenge when the boss tells him to take over the controls of his truck during an extremely delicate and dangerous recovery.
COXON'S TOWING

GEORGE DAGENAIS

As Coxon’s second rotator operator, George has a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders. That means this season he will need to be ready to drop everything on a moment’s notice to respond to whatever chaos erupts on the 401.
METRO TOWING

KEVIN RICHARDSON

In past seasons, Kevin has been the go-to guy on some of Ontario’s most extreme and high-pressure recoveries. This season is no exception as Kevin takes charge of multiple jobs calling for experience and quick thinking. Kevin has that part covered, but once again his leadership and patience are put to the test when he’s forced to work with unfamiliar crews. 
 
STEVE’S TOWING

STEVE PILLAI

Steve and his crew have one of the most high-pressure jobs in heavy recovery. They patrol the highest-traffic section of the busiest highway in North America - so when duty calls, they need to charge into battle. But like any battle, Plan A often falls apart - and it’s up to Steve to come up with Plan B, C and sometimes D.
STEVE'S TOWING

SONNY SUBRA

This season for Sonny, it’s all about stepping up. He’s been given the keys to a truck that only the most qualified operators ever get the chance to run. Now he has to prove he’s worthy. And on the busiest stretch of the 401, it’s sink or swim in some very stormy seas
ABRAMS TOWING

JOHN ALLEN

When it comes to heavy recovery, even the best can be put to the test on any given day. And that’s the way it is with John this season when a string of technical recoveries pushes him to draw on a lifetime of experience and skill to get the jobs done. In one case in the middle of 401 traffic, one wrong move could literally mean his reputation is gone with the wind.
HERB’S TOWING

HERB VINK

The company Herb built is situated on the very eastern end of the 401. But this season, he’ll be right in the centre of the action when he gets slammed by big winter storms - and everyone is depending on him to reopen the road. 
 
HERB’S TOWING

ANDREW VINK

Recovery isn’t the only “R” word that Andrew is focused on this season. He also needs to rebuild his team after a big shakeup. The question is, will they up the fight when he leads them into battle on the 401?
HERB’S TOWING

TERRY "TJ" ATCHISON

With a big wrecker in the Herb’s yard and no one to run it, it’s TJ’s time to step up. But he has some big shoes to fill and a very short time to learn the ropes.
B & G TOWING

BILL WRIGHT SR.

Like many heavy recovery operations, B & G is a multi-generation business. Bill Sr. took over from his father and two generations are following behind. But there can be challenges when it comes to working with family - especially on high-pressure recoveries on the 401.
B & G TOWING

BILL WRIGHT JR.

Bill Jr. is a jack of all trades - mechanic, truck driver and heavy recovery operator. That checks all the boxes in the family business but it also pulls Bill Jr. in a lot of different directions.
B & G TOWING

MITCH WRIGHT

Mitch is one of the youngest and most ambitious rotator operators in the province and he has no shortage of confidence. It’s a potent combination that can have surprising results - some of them great, others well... chalk them up as learning opportunities.
CLASSIC TOWING

STEVE "BUBBA" SEMPLE

Running one of the most powerful heavy recovery trucks in the country comes with a lot of responsibility and high expectations. So when “Bubba” suddenly finds himself behind the wheel, he feels like the weight of the world is on his shoulders. This season, a series of massive wrecks will show if “Bubba” will be crushed by the pressure or rise to the challenge.
CLASSIC TOWING

TED "HEAVY" DOBOSZ

For Classic Towing, “Heavy” is a big part of the machine that keeps traffic flowing in the Hamilton area. But in a zone where industry and commuters fight for space on the highways, he will need to be ready for anything at any time.
UNIQUE TOWING

DAVID DAVIDSON

When it comes to heavy recovery, David’s motto is “Never give up.” This season we see David truly taking that philosophy to heart not only on the job but also when he learns he’s facing a very serious personal challenge.
UNIQUE TOWING

RANDY DICKSON

You are never too old to learn something new but it doesn’t mean it’s easy. When the boss buys a rotator, Randy finds himself at the controls. But some on-the-job training soon shows him that there’s a world of difference between a rotator and a wrecker.
ALGONQUIN TOWING

ONNE VAN HOEK

Onne is just a few years short of hitting his goal of half a century in heavy recovery business. He’s got health challenges but when it comes to keeping himself and his fleet of vintage wreckers going, this is one guy who is extremely reluctant to ever give up.
ALGONQUIN TOWING

JAMIE VAN HOEK

With his father, one of the longest-serving veterans of 401 recovery, Jamie has spent almost two decades learning from his dad. Now it’s Jamie’s time to step out from his dad’s shadow but it’s a daunting prospect because as Jamie finds out this season, 401 recovery is always full of big surprises.
AUTO ROUTE TOWING

AMIN ABDERRAHMAN

Amin helps bring season three back with a bang when he teams up with “Bubba” on one of the first major wrecks of the winter. A tough wreck is made even harder by heavy snowfall - then when sparks start to fly, the heat is really turned up.
RESCUE 51 TOWING

JAMES IRELAND

Heavy recovery takes guts but leaving the world you know behind to strike out on your own takes a different kind of courage. This season, James turns over the keys to Classic’s flagship rotator and takes his fate into his hands by forming his own company. He’s starting small, but his dreams are big.
OPP

KERRY SCHMIDT

When it comes to getting the word out about how to make our highways safer, few have done more than Sergeant Schmidt. But this year, when a fully loaded semi flies off the highway and into a farmer’s field, officer Schmidt shows his skills go beyond communicating with the public. When it comes to heavy recovery, he’s got some good ideas and is willing to get dirty.
OPP

MAX GOMEZ

Constable Gomez is a media relations officer based in the London area. When the worst snow squalls in recent memory slam the region, officer Gomez goes above and beyond the call of duty to help find shelter for more than 50 stranded motorists.
OPP

ROB LONG

Constable Long has heard every excuse in the book in his years patrolling the 401 looking for dangerous drivers. But as we see this season, he also knows what sometimes sounds fishy can a be a legitimate story from someone who needs help.
OPP

JOHN JAMESON

Constable Jameson never knows what urgent situation he’ll be responding to when he heads out to patrol the 401 - but a call for young kids stuck in the middle of fast-moving traffic is especially alarming.
OPP

DAN HUNTER

Officer Hunter is WreckMaster-certified which makes him uniquely qualified to advise heavy recovery operators on massive recoveries. But this season he shows that he can do more than advise when he rolls up his sleeves to help a motorist in a dangerous spot.
OPP

PRASH NIRANJAN

If you travel the 400 series highways, chances are you’ve seen Constable Niranjan on patrol. In his years of experience keeping the roads safe, one thing he’s learned is the serious danger of secondary accidents after an initial crash.  And this season he finds himself in the middle of just such a dangerous scenario... several times over.