First responders salute fallen San Diego firefighter
Sunday, a procession will bring a fallen firefighter back to San Diego County.
32-year-old Cory Iverson, a Cal Fire San Diego unit fire apparatus engineer, with his wife and two-year-old daughter. Iverson died on Dec. 14, 2017, while fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
(KGTV) The body of a fallen Cal Fire San Diego engineer returned to San Diego in a procession that began in Ventura County Sunday morning.
The procession made its way into San Diego County on I-15 around 1 p.m. 32-year-old Cory Iverson died while fighting the Thomas Fire.
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The medical examiner confirmed Saturday that Iverson died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. Cal Fire is investigating what led to his death.
"Today has been a tragic and devastating day," Cal Fire San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham said in a press conference late Thursday. "This incident has shaken our organization to the core."
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Iverson leaves behind a wife, two-year-old daughter, mother, father, stepfather, sister, and brother. His wife is also expecting a second daughter this spring.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Iverson's family. As of Sunday morning, the account had raised more than $300,000 of its $500,000 goal.
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Several Facebook lives showed the procession as it began and entered San Diego County.