Ty Robert LaRiviere
2019 Nevada Star of Life
Ty LaRiviere is a Flight Nurse for REACH based in in Ely, Nevada, who has served at REACH for two years.
Ty is deeply dedicated to providing the best mobile healthcare possible. His enthusiasm for EMS comes from his personal belief in providing each of his patients with the same care he would want given to his own beloved wife and nine children. This brings him satisfaction in the quality of work and continually inspires him to help others.
An experience recently shared with his flight partner, Dillon Decker, truly showcases their dedication to EMS. The patient was a three-year-old girl who arrived at the Emergency Department in arrest for unknown reasons. Upon further examination, it was determined that she had endured extreme abuse.
The team showed an overwhelming amount of compassion, empathy, and professionalism when caring for this little girl. They assisted the ED team with resuscitation, they prepared her for flight, then whisked her to Primary Children's Hospital. Because of the injuries she had sustained, her oxygen saturation repeated plummeted during flight. The pair leveraged their skills and experience to troubleshoot the ventilator and delivered her to Children Hospital alive and in better condition than when they picked her up.
Ty and Dillon did everything humanly possible to help her fight for life. Tragically, as sometimes happens in mobile healthcare, the tiny patient eventually succumbed to her injuries. However, she will not be forgotten by the heroes who never gave up trying.