Police officer Sergeant Graham Saville, who was hit by a train on Thursday, died in hospital on Tuesday while trying to save a man who was electrocuted near Bulpit Lane level crossing, Nottinghamshire, UK.
The police officer who was hit by a train while attempting to save a distressed man on the tracks has died.
Sergeant Graham Saville, was hit by a train on Thursday while trying to save a man who was electrocuted near Bulpit Lane level crossing, in a residential area in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire. He sadly died in the hospital today surrounded by his family.
Nottinghamshire Police officers were deployed just before 7pm on Thursday, over concerns for a man’s safety. Sgt Saville, 46, was then hit by a train on the East Coast Mainline while in the line of duty. Another man, 29, was taken to hospital after suffering non-life-threatening electrocution injuries.
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.”
She continued: “On Thursday, he went to work to protect the people of Nottinghamshire from harm, and it is a 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. I would also like to pay tribute to the officers who attended the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while the ambulance was on its way. This was a deeply traumatic incident for those officers and we have a dedicated team providing support to them. When a colleague dies in the line of duty the shockwaves and sadness reverberate throughout the policing family and we will all deeply mourn our colleague.”
Flags across the force will now be flown at half-mast as a mark of respect. Sergeant Saville’s family has requested that their privacy be respected. An investigation into the incident, led by British Transport Police, is ongoing. Sergeant Saville’s family has requested that their privacy be respected.
Assistant Chief Constable Allan Gregory said: “This is truly devastating news and on behalf of everyone at British Transport Police I’d like to offer sincere and heartfelt condolences to Sgt Saville’s family, and to our colleagues at Nottinghamshire Police. We remain in the very early stages of this investigation and we will be working alongside the Coroner’s Office as it progresses. It is one of the darkest days in policing to lose an officer in the line of duty, and Sgt Saville’s loved ones will be at the forefront of our minds throughout our inquiries.”
Policing minister Chris Philp wrote on Twitter: “I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sgt Graham Saville, following his brave 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 & colleagues.” College of Policing Chief Constable Andy Marsh added it was “a tragic reminder of the risks and bravery shown every day by our police officers and staff to keep the public safe.”
Head of the College of Policing, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said following the death of Sergeant Graham Saville: “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.”