Tennessee teen saved by Siri (Thinkstock)
Tennessee teen saved by Siri
Lexile

A Middle Tennessee teen is alive, thanks to Siri.
 
Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says Siri called emergency services 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 collapsed. That pinned him under nearly 5,000 pounds of metal in a location where he could not be easily seen or heard. He says 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. They rescued him.
 
She said she knew his general location from the cellphone signal. She said 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. That was the best thing he could have done."
 
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 would not get out."
 
Ray and Lee met Aug. 14 for the first time after the July 2 incident.
 
Rick Miller is chief of trauma and surgical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He said Ray suffered broken ribs and a bruised kidney. He also had cuts and a concussion and he had burns on one arm. Miller said Ray is lucky his wounds were not 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."

Filed Under:  
Assigned 347 times
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
Sam's message was sent in more than one form. Name two.
Write your answers in the comments section below


COMMENTS (261)
  • brandonb-
    8/25/2015 - 11:25 a.m.

    That is interesting

  • coopers-
    8/25/2015 - 11:26 a.m.

    I cant believe that siri save hime

    • miriamr-nar
      8/28/2015 - 04:08 p.m.

      i know right

  • tylerm-
    8/25/2015 - 11:31 a.m.

    I am super surprised that siri could actually hear him because when I try to use siri it says something completely different then what I said.

  • sydneys-
    8/25/2015 - 11:37 a.m.

    That was scary but am glad he made it. I can not believe he's alive. He is very strong.

    • yusuft-jac
      12/18/2015 - 10:30 p.m.

      I strongly agree with sydneys- that it was a scary moment but you shouldn't think it was a scary moment because he would have been not scared because he had many ways to get saved easily. Also, since he yelled, people could have probably heard him and saved him. So, it wouldn't have been a scary moment because he would have gotten saved either way.

  • madhur-was
    8/25/2015 - 10:34 p.m.

    Critical thinking challenge:Sam's message was sent in more than one form. Name two.

    There are two ways in which Sam's message was sent. One is that he used his phone's voice activated mode called Siri in which he called emergency services. The second reason is that he managed to speak to the emergency department telling his location. That is how he was rescued.

  • cawaf-wil
    8/26/2015 - 01:21 p.m.

    It was sent by siri activating and he told siri to call 911 and the other way was him screaming at the phone when siri called.

  • eleazarh-wil
    8/26/2015 - 01:31 p.m.

    sams message was sent by siri and by screaming the addres

  • pieros-wil
    8/26/2015 - 01:31 p.m.

    Sam message was sent by siri and his message was also sent by him screaming.

Take the Quiz Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT