Source: Cal Fire
December 18, 2017 (El Cajon) -- CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 (IMT 6) has transitioned in partnership with the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit as they make final arrangements for a Celebration of Life to honor Engineer Cory Iverson, who lost his life battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.
Yesterday’s procession, which began at 10:00 a.m. spanned over 200 miles from Ventura County to San Diego. Overpasses along the processional route were lined with tens of thousands of firefighters and community members who were saluting, waving flags and holding up posters in support of Iverson and his family. Iverson, 32, was stationed in Dulzura.
CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham addressed the media and fire personnel at a press conference following the procession, stating that CAL FIRE is dedicated to honoring Cory and the ultimate sacrifice he paid.
"We were never alone for 203 miles today," he said, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. "For 203 miles not a single overpass did not have multiple fire engines standing in salute.”
Chief Mecham also recognized the California Highway Patrol and all partnering agencies for their outpouring of support and facilitation of the procession.
The CAL FIRE San Diego Unit and CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 are dedicated to honoring Cory Iverson, his family and the firefighting community as they navigate through this tragic event and difficult time. Iverson leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter and a wife expecting their second child in the spring.
Additional information regarding Cory Iverson’s Celebration of Life will be forthcoming.
A GoFundMe page set up to help his family has raised nearly $300,000. Iverson’s wife, Ashley, is pregnant with the couple’s second child; he also leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.