When God called on Siri to help save a teen’s life


By Will Clancy and Mark Ellis

Sam Ray with rescuer, holding his iphone
Sam Ray with rescuer, holding his iphone

Sam Ray, 18, was checking a strange noise under his truck in the driveway when the jack buckled and the 2.5-ton vehicle collapsed on top of him, pinning him to the ground.

Out of earshot from a nearby country road and with no one at home, Ray frantically cried out to God — a 9/11-style prayer of desperation to save his life.

A brief moment passed after he prayed, then he heard a weak female voice punctuate his groans, “What may I help you with?”

He was pinned under this truck
He was pinned under this truck

It was Siri, speaking to him from his back pocket iPhone. Siri (Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface) is a part of Apple Inc.’s operating systems. Siri – in the form of a computer-generated female voice, is designed to act as a personal assistant and “knowledge navigator” using voice recognition.

Siri has been an integral part of Apple’s operating system since it was introduced as a feature of the iPhone 4S in 2011.

Apparently the weight of the truck caused enough pressure on his back pocket to trigger the correct button on his phone summoning Siri’s assistance – immediately after he prayed!

With one arm pinned to the ground, and the other arm unable to reach his back pocket, Siri’s voice sounded like a Godsend.

“Siri, call 9-1-1!” he yelled, so he might be heard through his jeans.

Remarkably, dispatcher Christina Lee answered the 9-1-1 call placed by Siri, was able to recognize a garbled address, and sent authorities to the rescue.

Trapped for 40 minutes, Ray was finally freed by firefighters and airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center,

Sam hospitalized
Sam hospitalized

where he was treated for broken ribs, a bruised kidney, cuts, a concussion and burns to his left arm.

“Sometimes these crush injuries can be devastating and can kill you,” Rick Miller, Vanderbilt’s chief of trauma and surgical care told Inquisitr. “This story is definitely unique to modern-day technology. I’ve never heard of a story where you can figure out a way to use Siri to call 911 and get yourself rescued” – especially when your arms are pinned and you have no way to use the phone.

Ray credits God for orchestrating the unlikely Siri activation. “You know when Siri goes off at the most inopportune time?” he said. “I was like, ‘Why are you going off? To survive and to be able to walk out, I have a great family and friends that are willing to pray and a God that will help me.”


Will Clancy is a student at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica.


  1. Thank The Lord for what he has done. I am eleven years old. When I was 8 I almost got killed but God saved me. I am happy with the technology today and I am glad that it saved you and I say Amen to that.

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