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Heavy Rescue: 401

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Preferred Towing

Gary Vandenheuvel

With more than 35 years of towing experience, Gary has earned a reputation for handling the tough recoveries that come hand-in-hand with Sarnia’s industrial sector. This winter Gary will face vicious storms and toxic loads in the annual winter battle to keep both highways and international borders open.
Preferred Towing

Collin Vandenheuvel

Collin continues to step up and follow in his dad’s footsteps at Preferred, taking on his own solo heavy recoveries. But even with his growing list of experiences, danger lurks around every bend on the 402, and Collin finds out he still has room to learn.
Preferred Towing

Kyle Pewtress

This is Kyle’s 6th year working the heavies for Preferred, but his knowledge and can-do attitude will face the harshest of tests when Sarnia’s squall season hits the 402 in full force.
Preferred Towing

Mark Colbran

Gary’s childhood friend Mark soldiers on this winter, taking the company’s 35 ton into the treacherous trenches, including one recovery where just getting to the scene is half the battle.
Preferred Towing

Tammy Vandenheuvel

As co-owner of Preferred Towing, Tammy has had her hands full running the business and sometimes rolling up her sleeves to help with recovery offloads and clean-up. This season, Tammy draws closer to having her own dreams fulfilled as she oversees the construction of a transitional housing project for Sarnia’s homeless youth.
Ross’ Services

David Ross

As head of one of the largest tow companies in Ontario’s snow belt Dave has experienced his share of large-scale recoveries. But a tragic multi-vehicle crash on the 401 will require his full crew and more than a dozen recovery vehicles… and Dave must lead his team in solving a giant, twisted puzzle.
Ross’ Services

Mike Ross

With a mind keenly honed for wreck assessment and recovery logistics, Ross’ lead operator is kept extremely busy during one of the harshest winters -- and craziest recovery seasons -- on the western end of the 401.
Ross’ Services

Rick “Bear” Renders

With a big beard and a bigger heart, “The Bear” has been working the London area with Ross’ for decades. Having seen countless preventable collisions on Ontario’s highways, Bear is always keen to preach the life-saving message of “slow down and move over.”
Ross’ Services

Brad Prince

Brad steps up in a big way this season… into some legendary wrecks, and into a new truck. Facing some of his biggest recoveries of his career, Brad will battle the elements and discover one wreck comes with a “shocking” surprise.
Ross’ Services

Dave Jones

Light duty, flatbeds, tractors, and everything in between, Dave has driven them all, moving up into the heavies under the mentorship of The Bear. This winter, Dave will find himself in the midst of a dangerous wreck on the 401 and witness to the destructive power of a wayward bird.
County Towing

Eric Godard

A veteran operator at Coxon’s Towing, Eric finds himself swimming in new waters this winter working with a completely new team at County Towing. The Didone family is used to doing things their own way, so will Eric click or clash as the combined companies face a barrage of big recoveries.
County Towing

Derek Didone Sr.

Known as “Senior”, Derek started County Towing 41 years ago and is now running the business with his three sons, Derek Jr, Dennis and Daren. This season, he has brought Eric on board, and they’ll need their combined experience to untangle some big wrecks near the western end of the 401.
Metro Towing

Glen Hobman

As the newly promoted heavy manager at Metro Towing, Glen’s job is to oversee all heavy recoveries and train new operators like Todd. The weight on Glen’s shoulders is heavy as he leads his team through gruelling wrecks where physics is not on their side.
Metro Towing

Todd Stewart

A licensed diesel mechanic, Todd is filling some big shoes, stepping up to operate Metro’s flagship rotator. Under Glen’s guidance, Todd has to think fast and learn quickly.

Kevin Richardson

Change is in the air for Kevin: new truck, new teammates and new challenges. Kevin’s knack for handling tricky recoveries continues as he strikes out on his own… including one tango with a tipsy tanker.
Steve’s Towing

Steve Pillai

Every day, Steve must rally his crew to take on one of the most high-pressure jobs in heavy recovery: patrolling the busiest stretch of highway in North America and keeping the roads clear 24/7. This winter Steve drives into the heart of a ferocious snowstorm and leads his team through several high stakes wrecks.
Steve’s Towing

Sonny Subra

In the pursuit of a lifelong dream, Sonny hustles to take on any job the 401 has to offer, battling the elements from snow to sand, and finding himself in high pressure recoveries where he’s forced to come up with quick fixes on the fly.
Steve’s Towing

Valter Cabral

Long-time Steve’s employee and road boss Valter knows how to take control of a recovery site in the urban heart of the 401. Every day brings something new on Toronto’s chaotic highways, including a brush with danger during a deja vu wreck.
Steve’s Towing

Prince

Coming to Canada from Ghana when he was just 18, heavy wrecker operator Prince works tirelessly through this winter season. This season he’ll face all kinds of scenarios from snowstorms to sandstorms.
Abrams Towing

John Allen

As lead heavy operator at Abrams Towing, John Allen has seen almost everything, but this season he faces a first: helping a unique -- and massive -- piece of Canadian history find a new home.
Abrams Towing

Mark Haslett

For the average commuter, it’s the one-tonne tow trucks that come to the rescue. And if you ever need one, you would be lucky to find Mark Haslett behind the wheel. He’s towed hundreds of stranded drivers out of harm’s way on the 401 - and few operators are as experienced or as professional. 
Herb’s Towing

Herb Vink

The unpredictable winters of eastern Ontario hit Cornwall with full force as Herb accompanies his team on some of their most challenging jobs yet… including a wild and dangerous load that threatens to shut down the entire recovery.
Herb’s Towing

Andrew Vink

Andrew leads his new heavy team into the trenches of the 401 to fight wrecks in snow, wind, ice and rain…. but his attention is split between the highways and the homefront, where he’s anticipating bringing in a fourth generation of tow operators to Herb’s.
Herb’s Towing

Bill Fell

Stepping up from light duty manager, Bill is game to challenge his towing skills with the heavies while taking rookie Zach under his wing... but is he ready for a season full of marathon recoveries and all-night squalls?
Herb’s Towing

Zach Thomson

A fresh face at Herb’s Towing, Zach has rapidly ascended into the heavy recovery department. Under the mentorship of Bill and Andrew, Zach will experience many firsts and many ups and downs.
B&G Towing

Bill Wright Sr.

Bill Sr. has been a part of the family tow business all his life. While working with his two sons clearing highways in the GTA, Bill will find himself at the site of several extremely challenging wrecks.
B&G Towing

Bill Wright Jr.

Used to working on his own, Bill Jr. is a jack of all trades for his father’s company. But when a rush hour wreck happens on the 401 when their dad’s out of town, the two Wright brothers must band together to take on a tipping trailer in the mud.
B&G Towing

Mitch Wright

As one of the youngest rotator operators in the province, Mitch is working harder than ever to master heavy recovery skills… and those abilities are put to the test during a series of wild recoveries that take him from an unusual suburban parking job to a very serious wreck during the 401 morning rush.
Rescue 51 Towing

James Ireland

James continues to grow his business with the addition of a new employee and a new 35 ton wrecker to Rescue 51. This season, mayhem comes to James’ back yard as he’s called to the 400 to take on a 70 car pileup during a ferocious whiteout.
Auto Route Towing

Amin Abderrahman

Amin has faced a lot of pressure working in the family towing business for 20 years, and he’ll need to rely on his experience to take on a mangled wreck at the epicenter of a colossal pileup.
Chatham Towing

John Verkaik

Having started Chatham Towing in 1968, John’s been keeping the highways in the Chatham-Kent area open for almost 50 years. Working with son Jason and nephew-in-law Trevor, his team will have to grapple with some of the messiest and most complex recoveries of the season.
Chatham Towing

Jason Verkaik

Jason has been driving tow trucks for his dad since he was in his teens, moving into the heavies 20 years ago… but by the end of the season, Jason will know if he’s truly “bean there, done that.”
Chatham Towing

Trevor Girard

Trevor has worked for Chatham Towing for his entire 30 year career, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle. Under the mentorship of John, Trevor has honed his heavy recovery skills, which he will need when facing an astonishing triple pileup and an unstable trailer threatening to tear apart.
Cornwall Towing

Duncan Cooper

Duncan is a third generation tow operator, running the business founded by his grandfather 35 years ago. This winter he and the crew at Cornwall Towing will join some familiar faces to battle a multi-tractor-trailer crash shutting down the 401 and, later on, captain his team on a highly technical airbag recovery.
Cornwall Towing

Matt Quan

Matt is a key member of a team full of colourful characters. He says working at Cornwall Towing can be like living in a sitcom sometimes. Matt is a Jack-of-all-trades and lives for the adrenaline rush of recoveries on the 401.
 
Cornwall Towing

Mike McPhee

Mike came to Cornwall Towing on an invitation from Duncan two years ago and has been working for the company ever since. A mechanic, driver and heavy operator, Mike does it all alongside his constant companion Booboo.
 
Cornwall Towing

Booboo

Booboo is a full-fledged member of the Cornwall Towing family and the unofficial company mascot. As acting safety dog, Booboo considers it his duty to bark at vehicles speeding past recovery sites, telling them to “Slow down, move over!” Booboo’s favourite activities are biting and going on doughnut runs, and he is rarely seen without his owner, Mike.
OPP

Kerry Schmidt

Sergeant Schmidt is the eyes & ears of the 401 in the GTA, patrolling the roads and getting the word out to commuters when bad weather and crashes hit the highways. This winter, Kerry finds himself at the heart of chaos when he answers the call to a 70 car pileup… with just as many tow trucks ready to respond.
OPP

Rob Long

Based east of Toronto, Constable Long’s job and mission is to protect the motoring public by spotting dangerous drivers of vehicles both large and small, which is no small feat on the hectic highways of the 401.
OPP

Dan Hunter

As a certified wreckmaster, commercial vehicle inspector and someone who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, Dan is an invaluable asset on any wreck scene. But even with all his years of attending heavy recoveries, he can still be baffled by motorists’ reactions to dangerous wreck scenes.
OPP

Lynne Alexander

After working the streets of the city with the Toronto Police, Cst. Lynne Alexander now patrols the high speed 400 series highways, on the lookout for dangerous and distracted drivers.
OPP

Jason Folz

With close to twenty years’ experience as a technical collision investigator, Sgt. Folz has examined wreck scenes big and small, terrible and strange... and on a highway near Peterborough, he encounters a multi-vehicle pileup that is downright miraculous.
OPP

Rob Visconti

In all his years of patrolling the highways of the GTA, Rob has seen a lot, but this winter he will participate in a novel rescue, teaming up with firefighters, paramedics and tow ops to help a group of lost four-footed pedestrians.
OPP

Jen Coles

Sgt. Jen Coles is focused on safety along a key section of Highway 401 near Kingston - an area prone to sudden and severe snowstorms. Jen has faced many extreme and surprising situations and is quick to adapt to whatever is thrown her way.