- A firefighter died while fighting a massive wildfire in California
- The firefighter succumbed to fatal injuries while engaged in fire suppression efforts
- The firefighter was survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter
A firefighter from San Diego, California was killed Thursday, December 14, while battling the Thomas Fire; a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties that now ranks as the fourth-largest in California history.
Chief Ken Pimlott, the director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, identified the firefighter as fire apparatus engineer Cory Iverson, 32 years old, who succumbed to fatal injuries while engaged in fire suppression efforts.
“I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident. Please join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers and all the responders on the front lines in your thoughts as they continue to work under extremely challenging conditions,” Pimlott said.
Iverson is survived by his wife, Ashley, and 2-year-old daughter, Evie. The family is expecting a new baby girl this spring, as per LA Times.
Pimlott said an accident-review team has been assigned to determine the circumstances and cause of the fatality.
California Governor Jerry Brown expressed sorrow over the death of Iverson.
“His bravery and years of committed service to the people of California will never be forgotten,” he said.