Although this may have just been sheer luck and had nothing to do with the actual Apple device, Siri saved a life by calling 911. It seems like every now and then when technology looks like it will outrun us and turn everything into a robot apocalypse, an episode like this one comes along and restores our faith in it.
It was a hot day in Tennessee, as it is just about all the time. July 2nd, near Walterhill. Sam Ray was working on his Dodge Dakota. The model was a beautiful, black 1998 version. His father, Dusty Ray, had gone out of the house, and said to his son that he will be back to help him work on the truck.
Dusty Ray is a pastor at the Heartland Baptist Church, and it’s possible that his faith will grow ever stronger from now on. Sam decided not to wait for his father. He put the jack under the truck and got under it. Nobody else was home. For reasons unknown, the boy decided to call his father. While on the phone, Dusty remembers explicitly telling his son to get out from under the car, saying that he would be home in one hour, and that they could continue the work then.
At the moment, Sam had already removed the two front tires. He was looking at the brakes to see if everything was okay. After the talk with his dad, Sam reluctantly decided that he was indeed in danger working alone. But it was already too late.
When the boy tried to get out from under the car, the jack snapped, and the whole 5,000 pounds of the car collapsed on him. As nobody was near him, he was uselessly crying out for help.
Lucky for him though, he had his iPhone in his back pocket, and while falling, his butt cheeks activated Siri, Apple’s AI interface. Although it isn’t exactly clear how it managed to call 911 (some report Sam pushing his butt into the phone, some say Siri called after the boy told it to do so), he eventually managed to get on the emergency line.
He was quite far from the phone, and could not hear anything that the operator was saying, but he managed to scream loud enough for the operator to understand he was stuck in or under his truck, and was in need of help.
He was quickly rescued by a local volunteer firefighter. His only injuries were a few broken ribs, and bruised internal organs, but doctors say that he will make a full recovery. Sam now plans to remain a loyal Apple endorser for the rest of his life, although previously he had wanted to switch to a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
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