Rutherford man on a mission to save lives as LifeVac’s new spokesperson


He’s a substitute teacher by day and stand-up comedian by night. Steve Way was born with Muscular Dystrophy but that has definitely not stood in his way.

The 26-year-old is the new spokesperson for LifeVac and wholeheartedly stands by the innovative device that has saved lives by removing an object from a person’s blocked airway.

“We are very excited to have Steve join the LifeVac team,” says Arthur Lih, founder and CEO. “He is uniquely positioned to represent LifeVac — and his mission to raise awareness about the physically disabled ties into LifeVac’s mission to reduce choking deaths.”

The patented non-powered, handheld suction product is to be used in a choking emergency when choking protocol has been followed without success.  LifeVac is designed to aid in opening and freeing an obstructed airway.

Choking claims the lives of approximately 4,800 individuals a year just in the United States. One child dies every five days and it is the leading cause of accidental death in children.

LifeVac is dedicated to helping save lives, particularly those at greater risk of choking who cannot be administered the Heimlich maneuver.  With the current complexity of wheelchairs it has become virtually impossible to save someone in a choking emergency.

Way is excited to be chosen as the official spokesperson for LifeVac.

“Arthur has created a truly life-saving device to benefit everyone but has special meaning to the physically disabled,” the activist says.  “I look forward to spreading LifeVac’s message of ‘Save a Life’.”

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis


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