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Tributes to police officer who died after being hit by train while helping ‘distressed man’

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a ‘brave’ police officer who died after being hit by a train while trying to help a ‘distressed’ man. Sgt Graham Saville, who had been based in Newark, was injured on the railway in nearby Balderton just before 7pm on Thursday, August 24.

The 46-year-old died, surrounded by his family, at Queen’s Medical Centre on Tuesday, August 29. Nottinghamshire Police’s chief constable Kate Meynell called it a ‘day of mourning for the entire policy family’.

She said: “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.

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“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.” She made special mention of the other officers who attended the scene, some of whom provided medical assistance while they waited for the ambulance.

The chief constable added: “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.”

Shortly after the news was announced, a spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said the force was ‘truly saddened’ to hear of Sgt Saville’s death. They said: “On behalf of everyone at Lincolnshire Police we send our condolences to all his family, friends and colleagues in Nottinghamshire Police.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said his death in the line of duty was both a ‘testament to his bravery’ and a ‘terrible reminder of the work the police do every day to keep us safe’. Labour leader Keir Starmer added: “His bravery, selflessness and dedication to public service will be remembered.”

The man he saved remains in hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-changing. An investigation into the incident, led by British Transport Police, is ongoing.

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