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Firefighter who died working California fire remembered as 'kind, loving, great father'

Chris Iverson with his wife, Ashley and their daughter - Photo courtesy family members.jpg

A funeral procession traveled from Ventura to San Diego on Sunday for Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, who was killed while fighting the wildfire burning northwest of Los Angeles.

The 32-year-old leaves behind his pregnant wife, Ashley, and their 2-year-old daughter.

Officials say Iverson died from burns and smoke inhalation while fighting the Thomas Fire near Fillmore in Ventura County. He had been with Cal Fire since 2009.

Ashley’s cousin, Hallie Church, lives in Portland. She remembers him as a "kind, loving, great father, and a great husband."

“There was a four hour long procession through California earlier this morning, and seeing basically the tens of thousands of people who showed up, stopped their cars on the freeway, all the firetrucks on the overpass, and the salutes and things like that definitely do bring you a good amount of pride,” Church said.

Iverson’s funeral will be next Saturday in San Diego.

Family has put together a gofundme.com account to help Ashley and her daughters.

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