Police officer hit by train while helping man dies

A police officer who was hit by a train while trying to save a distressed man on the tracks has died.

Sergeant Graham Saville, 46, suffered serious injuries after being struck in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, shortly before 7pm last Thursday, August 24.

The response officer, based at Newark Police Station, was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, where he died surrounded by family at his bedside on Tuesday.

The other man on the railway lines was also taken to hospital with what are thought to be non-life-threatening electrocution injuries.

An investigation into the incident is being led by British Transport Police.

Nottinghamshire Police 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 an enormous shock to us all.

‘Our hearts and deepest condolences 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 for everyone who loved and respected Graham.

‘On Thursday, he went to work to protect the people of Nottinghamshire from harm, and it is testament to his bravery and dedication as a police officer that he was fatally injured while attempting to save another man’s life.

‘His service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.’

Flags across the force will now be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Head of the College of Policing, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: ‘This is devastating news and my thoughts and condolences are with this brave officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

‘It is a tragic reminder of the risks and bravery shown every day by our police officers and staff to keep the public safe.’

He said: ‘Sergeant Graham Saville selflessly gave his life to save someone else. All of us in Newark salute his exceptional bravery and self sacrifice, which won’t be forgotten.

‘My thoughts are with his partner and children and all his colleagues at @nottspolice.’

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