Pasadena Fire Department Salutes Fallen San Diego Firefighter

Flames from the Thomas Fire burn in the hills above homes in Montecito on Dec. 11 2017. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the area on Dec. 16 2017

Procession to be Held for Remains of Killed SD Firefighter From Ventura County to San Diego

Cory Iverson, 32, a Cal Fire Engineer from Escondido, died from smoke inhalation on December 14 while battling a fire in Fillmore, leaving behind a pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter. It's scheduled to proceed southbound on Highway 101 through Ventura County.

Firefighters and others stand on the Alameda Street bridge over the 134 Freeway in Burbank on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, to pay their respects to Cal Fire firefighter Cory Iverson, who died from injuries suffered while fighting the Thomas fire on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Los Angeles Fire Department Task Force 12 firefighters salute as a procession carries the body of Cory Iverson from Ventura to San Diego on Sunday. It then headed into LA County, continuing into San Bernardino County, and then made a short stop in Chino.

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He died about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, about a mile or so off Grand Avenue in rugged terrain outside Fillmore.

The Ventura County residents said they not only wanted to pay tribute to Iverson, but all the firefighters who sacrificed on their behalf during the almost two-week ordeal.

"We know what we sign up for, but it's a hard pill to swallow when you lose someone", said Prince Wilkerson, a captain with Cal Fire's Shasta/Trinity division and a 22-year firefighting veteran.

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Many are calling Iverson a hero. As his colleagues mourn Iverson's passing, they continue to wage war against the wildfire, which is expected to pose new threats to residential areas in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties due to the onset of powerful winds. Before working in San Diego, Iverson was assigned to a helicopter unit at Cal Fire's Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in Riverside County.

He leaves behind a pregnant wife and 2-year-old daughter.

A memorial service has been set for December 23 in Point Loma.

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Friends of the family set up a GoFund Me page to raise money for Iverson's widow and children, they have raised almost $350,000 within three days.

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