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. 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, 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."
 
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."
 
Sam Ray said he is thankful to be alive.
 
"I guess I'm stuck with an iPhone for the rest of my life," he said. "I owe them that."

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween78/tennessee-teen-saved-siri/

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Sam's message was sent in more than one form. Name two.
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COMMENTS (92)
  • giannam-con
    8/28/2015 - 06:25 p.m.

    Siri usually is really stubborn so I am surprised that it actually worked for this guy.

  • addiey-ric
    8/31/2015 - 11:28 a.m.

    This story I think is very inspiring. I mean, this man's phone basically SAVED HIS LIFE. Ive always thought of siri as useless and dumb,but I guess it can actually just save your life. He was so lucky he had his phone with him when this happened. I feel that technology has really advanced

  • saml-ric
    8/31/2015 - 11:29 a.m.

    This was so interesting! I was so shocked that he didn't die and that siri saved him is just so incredible. But he well may have died because in the text it said,"I could feel myself slipping," he said. "I was starting to accept that I wouldn't get out." This article was amazing I loved it!

  • emilyd-mci
    8/31/2015 - 11:58 a.m.

    That is amazing. Siri points to you!!!! I'm so happy your okay

  • jasminpd-1-ols
    8/31/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    He sent his message by some how activating Siri and by calling for help. He told Siri to call 911 then yelled for help. The police finally heard and came for him after he told his address.

  • karlees-1-ols
    8/31/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    The two forms that Sam sent his message, was 1, when he used siri to call 911 and 2, when he screamed as the rescuers came to help him. Overall I think that tit is a good thing that he had his iPhone to have siri call 911.

  • mckaylas-1-ols
    8/31/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    Sam's message was sent, by Siri's phone call and him hollering. It allowed for the firefighters to come get him out.

  • keatonm-1-ols
    8/31/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    I think that they should have something that can detect an emergency and call 911. If Siri wasn't activated he would've died. He is one of the luckiest people that have got trapped under a car.

  • laneys-1-ols
    8/31/2015 - 01:01 p.m.

    Sams message was sent to more than one form one of them was the 911 call sent from siri. The second form was to the people that he was yelling for.

  • amelianaa-ols
    8/31/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    Sams message was sent in several different ways. The first way was through siri. The second way was to the people.

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