Funeral Procession From Ventura to San Diego Honors Fireman Killed in Thomas Fire

A funeral procession for the firefighter who died battling the Thomas Fire traveled from Ventura to San Diego Sunday.

Burbank firefighters including Rich Dunn, left, salute from an overpass in Burbank as a procession for Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson, 32, passes by enroute to San Diego on Dec. 17, 2017. (Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Burbank firefighters including Rich Dunn, left, salute from an overpass in Burbank as a procession for Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson, 32, passes by enroute to San Diego on Dec. 17, 2017. (Credit: Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

The procession for Cory Iverson, a 32-year-old Cal Fire engineer from Escondido, began Sunday morning and passed through the 101 Freeway across Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

It continued on Interstate 15 before reaching El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Several firefighters and other officers saluted along the route as local residents gathered on freeway overpasses.

"We are humbled by the outpouring of support along the route from the public and from our public safety partners," Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott said in a tweet.

Iverson died Thursday of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

He was engaged in fire suppression efforts on the eastern flank of the Thomas Fire, which on Sunday has burned more than 270,000 acres — roughly 422 square miles — in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Iverson joined Cal Fire in 2009.

"He was the best fireman you could hope to have on your team," Cal Fire spokesman Jon Heggie told the Los Angeles Times.

Iverson left behind a 2-year-old daughter and a wife, Ashley, who's expecting their second child this spring.

A GoFundMe page for the family, started by a friend and coworker of Ashley Iverson, has raised nearly $400,000 as of Sunday evening.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.