A Cal Fire engineer with a pregnant wife died on the front lines of the Thomas Fire Thursday, authorities have confirmed.
A helicopter carrying retardant flying over a procession is an example of fire crews remaining focused while they mourned the loss of 32-year-old Corey Iverson. He and his wife Ashley also had a 2-year-old daughter. They were expecting their second child this spring.
“I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident,” CAL Fire Chief Ken Pimlott wrote in a brief statement.
“Corey is just a great young man and he was somebody who just really loved his job,” Chief Tony Mecham, of the San Diego County Fire Dept., said. “What really hit all of us today is that normally this time of year we’re supposed to be slowing down and spending time with our families.”
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