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Tennessee teen saved by Siri
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A Middle Tennessee teen is alive, thanks to Siri.
 
Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says the voice recognition service on his iPhone - famously named Siri - called emergency dispatchers after his truck fell on him while he tried to make repairs.
 
Ray told media outlets that a jack collapsed, pinning him under nearly 5,000 pounds of metal in a location where he couldn't be easily seen or heard, and he said he was trying to get free when he heard Siri activate.
 
"I said 'Call 911,' and that was all it said," he said.
 
Rutherford County dispatcher Christina Lee says she first thought it was a mistaken pocket-dial, but then she heard his screams for help and sent crews, who rescued him.
 
She said she knew his general location from the cellphone signal, but Ray helped them pinpoint his exact whereabouts.
 
"The map got to his street ... It got pretty close," Lee said, "but he was yelling his address and that was the best thing he could have done." So when volunteer firefighters arrived, they raised the truck back up with a jack and 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 wouldn't get out."
 
Ray and Lee met Aug. 14 for the first time after the July 2 incident.
 
Rick Miller, who is chief of trauma and surgical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Ray suffered broken ribs, a bruised kidney, cuts and a concussion and he had burns on one arm. Miller said Ray is lucky his wounds weren't worse.
 
"Sometimes these crush injuries can be devastating and can kill you," Miller said. "I've never heard of a story where you can figure out a way to use Siri to call 911 and get yourself rescued."
 
"I guess I'm stuck with an iPhone for the rest of my life," he said. "I owe them that."

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Sam's message was sent in more than one form. Name two.
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COMMENTS (42)
  • geordavi16995@ccps.org-har
    8/31/2015 - 08:21 a.m.

    This is a perfect example of how technology such as cell phones can be beneficial. It is common in many cultures for people to own cell phones, however for cultures in wilderness based locations cell phones are not as common due to lack of service. If this was a teenager that was for example in a dense wilderness part of Alaska they may have not been able to use technology such as Siri due to not owning a cell phone.

  • sonashah17761@ccps.org-har
    8/31/2015 - 08:23 a.m.

    The physical location of Sam Ray when his truck fell on him affected the outcome of this story because it shows how people where he lives have access to technology. Pretty much all states within the U.S. use iPhones and other electronics, but if this same event had occurred in a country in Africa they would not have had the same ability to use Siri. They might have cellphones but not such high tech ones that have extra things like Siri.

  • maiagiaf14963@ccps.org-har
    9/02/2015 - 07:33 p.m.

    This article mentions the use of a voice recognition system on an iPhone, a recent advance in technology. Hand held cellular devices were first introduced in 1973 and since then there has been huge advances in technology as a whole. Not only did easy communication take the country by storm, it began to change the nation’s culture itself. Since the integration of technology into our culture our habits and traditions have changed; take, for example, an injury or possibly fatal situation. Traditionally we would need a person to run for help and communicate verbally that someone was indeed hurt. Now, through technology, communication, traditions and culture have changed.

  • halebell23079@ccps.org-har
    9/02/2015 - 08:00 p.m.

    In this article, a teenager is saved by his phone. Sam Rey, an eighteen year old from Tennessee, was working on his truck when it fell on him. He was trying to wriggle out from under the vehicle when he activated Siri, the AI software on Apple iPhones. He was able to tell it to call 911 and have a rescue crew save him. If Siri had not been activated, Rey would probably have died. Often teenagers are shamed for creating the culture “always having and/or being on your phone,” but in this case it saved a life. Western society very much revolves cell phones and culture has changed to involve having a cell phone. However, it has made it a safer society.

  • christian-hab
    9/03/2015 - 12:12 p.m.

    If that happened to me I would say good bye to the world because I don't have a phone. I would be sad but happy because Id see God. I have a lot to make up
    for God I would be going 5ft under.

  • coled-fel
    9/11/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    CTQ: One way is message was sent was through Siri on his phone, it activated and he said "Call 911". Another way, was he was screaming his address, so they must have heard it through Siri, and when they got close to his house.

  • johnj-fel
    9/11/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    Two forms in which Sam's message was sent include him telling Siri to call 911 and screaming his address to the dispatcher.

  • kyleighp-fel
    9/11/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    Sam's message was sent in the forms of a call and a ping from his phone.

  • kolbyd-fel
    9/11/2015 - 02:16 p.m.

    One way the message was sent was by siri calling 911. Another way the message was sent was by his cell phone signal.

  • garretta-fel
    9/11/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

    Sam's messages were sent in ways by: Using Siri to call 911,and as well as being able to shout when the firefighters arrived on scene to help them find him.

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