Grand Rapids Fire Department Mourns Firefighter Riley Huiras

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Riley Huiras Procession photo courtesy of Hotel Marshfield Chef Mark Mastain

Huiras Passed Away Unexpectedly Thursday

GRAND RAPIDS, WI (OnFocus) – Grand Rapids Fire Department Firefighter Riley Huiras passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2022 at Marshfield Medical Center after a medical emergency.

Riley was 20 years-old and proudly served the Town of Grand Rapids as a member of the
Grand Rapids Police Department’s Auxiliary Unit, and as a Firefighter with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

“Through this service, Riley bravely stood with the men and women of the Grand Rapids Fire Department and Grand Rapids Police Department and touched the lives of countless people in our community,” stated Fire Chief Robert Piatt. “This is a terribly sad time for the Grand Rapids Fire Department and Grand Rapids Police Department. We are grieving the loss of one of our team members and know he will be missed by many”

Piatt asks the public to please keep Riley’s family and all whose lives have been touched by Riley in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department would like to thank the community for its outpouring of support and the many fire departments, law enforcement agencies and other organizations that have assisted throughout this difficult time.

The Department honored Huiras with a procession from the Marshfield Medical Center to the Ritchay Funeral Home, where memorial services are being arranged.

“The Grand Rapids Fire Department and Police Department expresses our deepest condolences to the Huiras family and Riley’s many friends and colleagues,” stated Piatt.

Read Hurias’ full obituary here:


Riley Daniel Ray Huiras, age 20, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from a brain aneurysm. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services for Riley will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 441 Garfield St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 10:00 until the time of service also at the United Methodist Church in Wisconsin Rapids. A private graveside burial will take place following the funeral service.

Riley was born on April 26, 2002, in Manitowoc, WI to Kevin and Tami (Drew) Huiras. Riley is a 2020 graduate of Lincoln High School. He attended UW-Platteville for one year and then transferred to MSTC to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice with plans to attend the Police Academy. Riley completed the Firefighter 1 State Practical Exam.

Riley enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, on-line video gaming with his friends, Dungeons and Dragons, he enjoyed playing the violin and tickling the ivories of a piano. As a youth Riley participated in Boy Scouts and earned the highest rank becoming an Eagle Scout. He loved camping and earning all of his badges. His greatest passion is the betterment of others through police work and firefighting. Riley was a member of the Grand Rapids Auxiliary Police Department which was his pride and joy. He loved doing the ride alongs and seeing police action first hand. Most recently he had joined the Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed racing out the door for those fire calls.

Riley was a baseball fan and worked with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters organization for the past 6 years. He looked forward to going to work and recording those runs and walks!

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 all of his organs to matching recipients. His loving and caring spirit will continue to live on.

Riley is survived by his parents Kevin and Tami Huiras of Wisconsin Rapids; younger brother Owen of Wisconsin Rapids; grandparents Dan and Sue Drew of Columbus, WI; special aunties Teri Weiland and Mary Hughes of Columbus, WI; special cousins Griffin, Kennedy and Griyan Hughland of Columbus, WI; Uncle Larry (Nadine) Huiras of Random Lake,WI; Uncle Brian (Pam) Huiras of Fredonia, WI; Uncle Allan Huiras of Random Lake, WI; and Aunt Renee Huiras of Grafton, WI; Riley is further survived by many other aunts and uncles, cousins, great cousins and loving friends.

Riley is preceded in death by his grandparents Alois and Agnes Huiras.

Donations in Riley’s name can be made to going to MCHS Foundation for Aneurysm and Stroke research or Grand Rapids Police Department and Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department.

Special thanks to the wonderful team at Marshfield Medical Center that took exceptional care of Riley during this unexpected illness. Thank you to the Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Rapids First Responders, United Emergency Medical Response and Life Link III out of Marshfield for your quick response and excellent care.


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