Watch: Mourners gather at Celebration of Life for San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson
7:13 AM, Dec 23, 2017
5:27 PM, Dec 24, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Friends, family and fellow firefighters mourned fallen Cal Fire San Diego engineer Cory Iverson at a Celebration of Life event Saturday.
About 1,800 people, which were largely first responders turned out for the private event at The Rock Church in Point Loma in the monring to commemorate the fallen firefighter.
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Iverson, 32, was killed last week while battling the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, where he was on the front lines in a particularly active part of the blaze in the Fillmore area. He died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.
Cal Fire Local 2881 President Mike Lopez issued a statement, praising Iverson as a hero and loving family man.
"As colleagues and as human beings we grieve for this young man with such a bright future and the young family that will now go forward without a loving husband and father. We pray that they will always understand that Cory was a hero and, because of him, our communities are safe and people are able to sleep knowing that the dangerous calls get answered by someone," Lopez said.
Iverson is survived by his wife, Ashley, and two-year-old daughter. His wife is currently expecting a second daughter this spring.
A GoFundMe account set up to help the Iverson family has raised more than half a million dollars in just over a week. Firefighters from around the county also held a boot drive this week to collect funds for Iverson's family, raising about $185,000.