Riley Daniel Ray Huiras
- Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department
- Age: 20
- Year of Death: 2022
Riley Daniel Ray Huiras was born April 26, 2002. He graduated with honors from Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in 2020. Riley attended the University of Wisconsin Platteville for one year before transferring to MSTC to pursue a degree in criminal justice with plans to attend the police academy. Riley always knew he wanted to do something with his life that would involve helping others.
As a youth, Riley participated in Boy Scouts and earned the highest rank possible by becoming an Eagle Scout. He loved to go camping and earning his badges with his troop. He also loved mentoring the younger Scouts on their path.
Riley enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, online video gaming with his friends, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. He was also very musically talented; he studied the violin for seven years and was self-taught with the piano.
Riley had recently completed the state of Wisconsin Firefighter 1 practical exam and was looking forward to the next step in his firefighting career. Riley’s greatest passion was the betterment of others through police work and firefighting. As a member of the Grand Rapids Auxiliary Police Department and the Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department he was able to do just that.
Riley was also a huge baseball fan, from playing in high school to working for our local collegiate baseball team each summer. He liked going to work and recording all of the strikes, balls, runs, and walks.
On July 30, 2022, Riley had responded to a fire call that lasted several hours. Upon returning from that call, another call came in, and he jumped from one emergency vehicle into another one. On July 31, 2022, Riley was med flighted to the hospital, and on August 3, 2022, Riley tragically lost his fight.
Because of Riley’s generous and caring nature, he was an organ donor. To the amazement of the donation team, Riley was able to donate his lungs, kidneys, heart, and both corneas. Riley lives on in six other individuals.
Riley is greatly missed by his deeply grieving family and all his wonderful friends, coworkers, and everyone who knew him. Our lives will never be the same and are forever changed without him here. He was doing something that he loved and was passionate about.