By Mark Ellis & Will Clancy, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – November 30, 2015) — 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?”
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.
Photo captions: 1) He was pinned under this truck. 2) Sam hospitalized.
About the writers: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net) and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest in world missions. Will Clancy, is a student at the Lighthouse Christian Academy in Santa Monica, California.
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