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

    This guy was lucky that Siri recognized his voice and called 911. his wounds could have been fatal but the rescue team got to him just in time. this is a real wake up call to me because i too have been underneath a car jacked up before.

  • tycenb-ols
    8/31/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    I think that the way Sam Ray got help was really cool. It shows how much technology is involved in everyday life.

  • khyonc-ric
    8/31/2015 - 01:27 p.m.

    Ray is really lucky he had siri who knew siri would be so helpful she would save someones life.and he is really lucky he had his i phone with him if he didn't he would be dead.

  • jatzerem-ric
    8/31/2015 - 01:34 p.m.

    it was really great and it had really good information.

  • stephaniem1-ric
    8/31/2015 - 01:36 p.m.

    I didn't that siri was able to call 911. i knew she was able to call other people but i didn't think she was able to call 911. The guy was lucky to have siri on his phone otherwise i think he would be dead. As the text said that the only thing the guy told siri was " call 911 ".

  • diond-ric
    8/31/2015 - 01:38 p.m.

    The story was very interesting. It shows how technology is important. And it had a lot of good information

  • daizypd-ols
    8/31/2015 - 03:12 p.m.

    I think it was really cool how Siri called 911 and saved his life. Thanks Siri for saving lives.

  • humbertoc-ric
    8/31/2015 - 07:14 p.m.

    If it wasn't for Siri, Sam would have died. Good thing Christina thought it was a real call or else Sam would have died after 40 minutes. When I have an iPhone, I will definitely use Siri to call for help.

  • dillionh-new
    9/03/2015 - 10:41 a.m.

    By them hearing that he was hurting and by telling siri to call 911

  • millerl-new
    9/03/2015 - 11:37 a.m.

    that's really cool siri is awesome even though i dont have an iphone but siri is a live saver

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