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Stretch of I-15 in North County named in honor of fallen Cal Fire firefighter

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Mar 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-16 17:14:56-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — Family and fellow firefighters gathered in Escondido this morning to honor the life and legacy of Cory Iverson.

Saturday, Interstate 15 from State route 78 to Via Rancho Parkway, will be officially named as the Cal Fire Firefighter Cory Iverson Memorial Highway.

"I think it's fair to say that most of us, if not all of us, can't believe it's been one year and three months," Ashley Iveson, Cory's wife, says. "I hope that every time I pass it I feel more love than sadness."

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Iverson died in December 2017 while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The 32-year-old fire apparatus engineer was killed after getting caught behind a swarm of spot fires.

"Cory gave his life protecting this state," Jim Desmond, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor, said. "We can never forget Cory's bravery and unfailing dedication to protect us."

Ashley says she can feel her husband's presence and listening to the words of one song brings her comfort.

"Please do not fuss I must go do what I have to do. And everyday I pray that you will see and understand the fact I must fulfill my destiny," she recited Saturday.