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Funeral procession held for fallen local firefighter

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SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — A touching show of solidarity was on display Sunday as the body of fallen San Diego firefighter Cory Iverson returned to San Diego. 

There wasn't an empty overpass in sight as the funeral procession made its way from Ventura county to El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley. 

The procession crossed through five counties as residents joined firefighters in paying their respects. 

32-year-old Iverson was an Escondido native and Cal Fire engineer, who was killed on Thursday while fighting the Thomas Fire in Ventura county. 

The medical examiner said he suffered smoke inhalation and burns. 

Iverson's funeral procession left from Ventura around 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, making its way into down to San Diego 

"We support fire operations with the water tenders so we thought it was very important for us to come out and show support as the procession comes passed," said Troy Morrison of Docs Water Service. 

All along I-15, people paid respects on overpasses. 

Sandy Lamb waved her flag as she watched the procession pass.   

"I have a really hard time talking about this," Lamb said. "I’m a mom of two and I just can’t imagine... and I know firefighters and to say goodbye thinking they’re going to come home and they don’t always come home."  

Iverson leaves behind his two-year-old daughter Evie and wife Ashley who is pregnant with their second daughter. 

Many parents felt Iverson’s procession was a must see. 

“[It] just means a lot to us to honor the firefighter that gave his life for our community," said first-responder Bret Righthouse.  

Having two parents as first responders put it all in perspective for Sophia Righthouse.  

"It really impacts me because I can’t imagine them being in a disaster like that," said Sophia.  

Fire departments including Imperial Beach, National City and Coronado came out, many wearing a black sash on their badges. 

“He was well liked well respected, so it makes it very difficult to lose someone, especially, someone who had such a dynamic personality," said Cal Fire San Diego's Jon Heggie.  

A GoFundMe campaign created for Iverson's family called him "a true hero to our Southern California community." By Sunday evening, it had raised nearly $400,000 - surpassing an initial goal of $150,000, which has been raised to $500,000. 

A memorial for Iverson will be held at The Rock Church in Point Loma at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23. 

Cal Fire engineer Cory David Iverson was assigned to Dulzura Fire Station in San Diego County and had been with Cal Fire since 2009. 

Chopper 8 video from over the funeral procession for fallen local firefighter Cory Iverson. Many paid their respects during the five-county procession which began in Ventura County and concluded at El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley. [Note: The procession was delayed and can first be seen in the video around the 1-hour mark.]

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