On December 14th 2017, Cory Iverson, Cal Fire FAE, paid the ultimate sacrifice while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California.
He was survived by his wife, Ashley, their daughter Evie, and – at the time – their unborn daughter Taylor. Ashley had spent more than half her life battling severe anxiety and depression largely in part from PTSD due to nearly losing her home at the age of 13 from arson, lack of self worth and also from an inner need to help others.
Just one month prior to Cory’s passing, a colleague died by suicide, leaving behind a young child and wife. It was then that Cory understood the gravity of mental health and the devastation it can leave behind in its wake and Ashley first became aware of the mental implications the job can cause.
Shortly after Cory’s passing, Ashley founded the Iverson Foundation for Active Awareness in order to support first responders through their mental health journey. Listen in and hear this powerful woman’s story, LET’S GO!
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