Hero police sergeant who was hit by a train while trying to rescue a distressed man on the track has passed away: Tribute is paid to ‘brave and selfless’ officer who was a ‘hugely respected and popular colleague’
The heroic police sergeant who was hit by a train while trying to save a distressed man on the railway has passed away, with tributes pouring in for the “brave and selfless officer” who was a “hugely respected and popular colleague.”
Sergeant Graham Saville, 46, suffered serious injuries after being called to a hospital residential area in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, around 7 p.m. Thursday after fears for a man’s safety.
While trying to help the man, the sergeant was hit by a passing train. He was taken to hospital but despite the best efforts of medical staff, the officer died at Queen’s Medical Center with his family beside him, police announced tonight.
The 29-year-old man who was rescued by the officer was also taken to hospital, where he remains afterwards suffer from non-life-threatening electrocution injury.
The force’s flags will now be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect for the sergeant who was hailed as a “highly respected and popular colleague,” whose “sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Sergeant Graham Saville, 46, was hit by a train in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, after trying to help a man in distress. The officer sadly passed away today after sustaining serious injuries. In the photo: Agents are on site on Thursday
The man rescued by the officer was also taken to hospital after suffering non-life-threatening electrocution wounds. Pictured: Police officers and railway workers near the crime scene in Balderton on Thursday
Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “Today is a day of mourning for the entire police family.
“Graham was a hugely respected and popular colleague and his death in the line of duty has come as a huge shock to all of us.
“Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to his family and we will do everything we can to support them through this unimaginably devastating time.
“It is impossible to put into words how devastating this news is to all who loved and respected Graham.”
She added: ‘On Thursday he went to work protecting the people of Nottinghamshire from harm, and it is a testament to his courage and dedication as a police officer that he was fatally injured trying to save another man’s life.
“His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the officers who were on the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while the ambulance was en route.
“This was a very traumatic incident for these officers and we have a dedicated team supporting them.
The force’s flags will now be flown at half-mast, as a mark of respect for the sergeant, who was hailed as a “greatly respected and popular colleague.” In the photo: agents on site on Thursday
“If a colleague dies in the line of duty, the shock waves and grief will reverberate through the entire police family and we will all deeply mourn our colleague.”
British Transport Police are currently leading an investigation into the incident, which they say took place on the line near Newark Northgate station.
Assistant Chief Constable Allan Gregory paid tribute to the sergeant, adding, “It’s one of the darkest days in the force to lose an officer in the line of duty.”
He said: ‘This is truly devastating news and on behalf of everyone in the British Transport Police I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Sergeant Saville and to our colleagues in Nottinghamshire Police.’
“BTP detectives are conducting a full and thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened last week.
“We are still in the very early stages of this investigation and we will work with the coroner’s office as it progresses.
“It is one of the darkest days in the police force when we lose an officer in the line of duty, and Sergeant Saville’s loved ones will be at the forefront of our thoughts in all our investigations.”
Tributes from the police community and the wider public have flooded social media.
A JustGiving fund set up by former police officer Dan Fletcher, who lives a mile away, had previously raised over £60,000
Over 3,330 supporters donated to the fund, with messages left by benefactors calling it “an incredible act of selfless courage”
Police Secretary Chris Philp wrote on X, formally known as Twitter: ‘I am deeply saddened by the passing of Sergeant Graham Saville, following his courageous work to save someone else’s life on a railway line.
“He selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember him. Our thoughts are with Graham’s family and colleagues.’
Meanwhile, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Chief of Police College, said after the death of Sergeant Graham Saville: “This is devastating news and my thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of this gallant officer at this very sad time.
“It is a tragic reminder of the risk and courage our police officers and employees display every day to protect the public.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: ‘I extend my deepest condolences to the family and colleagues in Nottinghamshire Police of Sergeant Graham Saville, who lost his life after rescuing a man in distress on a railway line.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our police officers for their bravery as they protected us all.”
Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark, whose constituency includes Balderton, paid tribute to Sergeant’s “exceptional gallantry”.
Writing on X, Mr Jenrick said: ‘Sergeant Graham Saville selflessly gave his life to save someone else.
“All of us in Newark salute his extraordinary courage and self-sacrifice, which will not be forgotten.
“My thoughts are with his partner and children and all his colleagues at @nottpolice.”
Announcing Sergeant Saville’s death this evening, the force wrote on Twitter: ‘It is with great sadness that Nottinghamshire Police confirm the death of a serving officer in the line of duty.’
The sergeant’s family has requested privacy at this time.
A JustGiving fund set up by former police officer Dan Fletcher, who lives a mile away, had previously raised over £60,000.
Prior to the sergeant’s death, Mr Fletcher wrote on the page: “This is an appeal to the community to stand by the injured police officer and his family following a horrific ordeal where he suffered life-changing injuries while on duty while the save the life of another individual.
“This is the epitome of police courage. The long-term outcome for the officer and his family and further rehabilitation will be difficult and challenging. This fund will hopefully help in many areas of their lives, which they will now need to adjust and adjust significantly.
“Please help us help this brave selfless officer and his family. Give what you can.’
More than 3,330 supporters donated to the fund, with reports from well-wishers calling it an “incredible act of selfless courage.”
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