Tennessee teen saved by Siri
August 24, 2015
A Middle Tennessee teen is alive. And it was thanks to Siri.
Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says Siri called 911. It happened after his truck fell on him. He had been trying to make repairs on it. Siri is the voice recognition service on the iPhone
Ray told media outlets that a jack fell. That pinned him under nearly 5,000 pounds of metal. He was in an area where he could not be easily seen or heard. He says he was trying to get free. That is when he heard Siri start.
"I said 'Call 911.' And that was all it said," he said.
Christina Lee answered the call. She is a Rutherford County 911 operator. She says at first she thought it was a mistake. She thought it might be a pocket-dial. But then she heard his screams for help. So she sent crews. They rescued him.
She said she knew his general location from the cellphone signal. But Ray helped them find his exact position.
"The map got to his street. It got pretty close," Lee said. "But he was yelling his address. That was the best thing he could have done."
The volunteer firefighters arrived. They raised the truck back up with a jack. Then they pulled Ray out. He was under the truck for about 40 minutes.
"I could feel myself slipping," he said. "I was starting to accept that I would not get out."
Ray and Lee met Aug. 14. It was the first time they had seen each other after the July 2 accident.
Rick Miller is chief of trauma and surgical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He said Ray had broken ribs. He had a bruised kidney. He had cuts. He had a concussion. He also had burns on one arm. Miller said Ray is lucky he was not hurt worse.
"Sometimes these crush injuries can be devastating and can kill you," Miller said. "I have never heard of a story where you can figure out a way to use Siri to call 911. And get yourself rescued."
Sam Ray said he is thankful to be alive.
"I guess I am stuck with an iPhone for the rest of my life," he said. "I owe them that."
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