Fallen Firefighter From San Diego Honored

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.

The medical examiner confirmed Saturday that Iverson died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.

"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."

Iverson's entire strike team was pulled from the fire line following his death to allow his colleagues time to grieve.

Iverson leaves behind his wife, two-year-old daughter, mother, father, stepfather, sister, and brother. His wife is also currently expecting a second daughter this spring.

(Photos M. Albert)

Procession for firefighter Corey Iverson 12-17-17
Firefighter Corey Iverson Procession 12-17-17


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