Point Loma, CA: Remembering the life of fallen Cal Fire San Diego Unit Firefighter Cory Iverson.
Thousands of people came out to remember the life of fallen Cal Fire San Diego Unit Firefighter Cory Iverson during a private memorial service held on Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at The Rock Church in Point Loma, California.
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Family, friends, and firefighters from around California all gathered to pay their respects and say their goodbyes to Cory Iverson during the touching tribute to his life.
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Fox affiliate KSWB Channel 5 broadcast live on Facebook the tribute to the life of fallen Cal Fire San Diego Unit Firefighter Cory Iverson.
Cory Iverson was described by many of his family, friends, and those who got to work with him as a “model firefighter” and a “happy man”.
According to Ventura County Medical Examiner, 32 years old Cory Iverson from Escondido, California, died from smoke inhalation and burns sustained while battling the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California at about 9:30am PT on Thursday, December 14th, 2017.
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Cory Iverson leaves behind his wife, Ashley Iverson and their 2 year old daughter, and the couple was expecting their second child in May 2018.
Ashley Iverson started her emotional tribute to her fallen firefighter husband with a deep breathe and asked the crowd to “just breathe” with her.
“‘Just breathe’ is what I told one of my best friends when she lost her soulmate at the age of 22 seven years ago,” said Ashley Iverson adding, “Will you join me in taking a breath?”
Ashley Iverson said that although the past few weeks have been some of the worst of her life, she was without words at the amount of support she has received.
“‘Wow’ is all I can say and feel today and over this past week and 2 days. The overwhelming amount of love I have felt is otherworldly,” said Ashley Iverson.
Cory Iverson had spent most of his life fighting fires, was an 8 year veteran of Cal Fire, and had previously spent 7 years with Harmony Grove Fire Department.
“If you were going to clone a firefighter, you would clone Cory Iverson,” said Cal Fire Chief San Diego Chief Tony Metcham, echoing a sentiment shared by many of the mourners who took the stage sharing their stories of fallen firefighter Cory Iverson.
“Let there be no doubt to anybody in this room that Cory Iverson died a hero. Cory Iverson lost his life for one very simple reason: He put others first,” said Cal Fire Chief San Diego Chief Tony Metcham.
The passing of Cal Fire San Diego Unit Firefighter Cory Iverson touched many people across southern California.
On Sunday, December 17th, 2017, a funeral procession was held for Cal Fire San Diego Unit Firefighter Cory Iverson from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office in Ventura, California to a mortuary in San Diego, California.
A touching tribute by Cal Fire for a man called a "model firefighter" by colleagues. Loved ones gather at a "Celebration of Life" for fallen firefighter Cory Iverson. https://t.co/ACE2PhsTX8 pic.twitter.com/8ozanIWThJ
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As seen in this video from NBC affiliate KNSD Channel 7, thousands of people from firefighters, law enforcement, and first responders to citizens were seen lined along the multiple county funeral procession along the interstates, overpasses, and streets to pay respects and honor to fallen firefighter Cory Iverson.
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