Tennessee teen saved by Siri
August 24, 2015
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."
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