Hero police officer dies after being hit by train while helping man on tracks

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By James Kay

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A police officer in the UK has been dubbed a hero after sadly losing his life after being hit by a train while helping a man on the tracks.

As reported by BBC News, Sergeant Graham Saville, was struck by a train near the Bulpit Lane level crossing in the residential area of Balderton, situated close to Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK.

The incident occurred when Nottinghamshire Police officers responded to concerns for the safety of a man shortly before 7:00PM on that fateful Thursday. In the line of duty, Sgt. Saville's heroic effort to save a life resulted in the tragic accident on the East Coast Mainline.

Another individual, a 29-year-old man, also suffered electrocution injuries and was promptly taken to the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police say.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Kate Meynell expressed her deep sorrow and extended condolences to Sgt. Saville's family.

She stated: "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."

Meynell emphasized the immeasurable loss suffered by those who admired and held Sgt. Saville in high esteem.

The chief constable continued by highlighting Sgt. Saville's bravery and dedication to his duty, underscoring the fact that he had lost his life while attempting to save another. She praised his service and sacrifice, noting that his legacy would endure as a testament to his commitment to public safety.

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the UK, took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to pay his respects to Sgt. Saville.

He wrote: "I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Sergeant Saville. It is a testament to his bravery that he died in the line of duty and a terrible reminder of the work the police do every day to keep us safe. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the whole of Nottinghamshire Police Force."

An ongoing investigation into the incident is being led by the British Transport Police. 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 shared his grief on social media, stating: "He selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember him. Our thoughts are with Graham’s family & colleagues."

These sentiments were mirrored by College of Policing Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who reflected on the inherent risks and unwavering bravery displayed daily by police officers to safeguard the public.

As a mark of respect for Sgt. Saville's sacrifice, flags across the police force will be flown at half-mast. The family of the fallen officer has requested privacy during this difficult time.

Our thoughts at this time are with anybody affected by this tragedy.

Featured image credit: Hirurg/Getty

Hero police officer dies after being hit by train while helping man on tracks

vt-author-image

By James Kay

Article saved!Article saved!

A police officer in the UK has been dubbed a hero after sadly losing his life after being hit by a train while helping a man on the tracks.

As reported by BBC News, Sergeant Graham Saville, was struck by a train near the Bulpit Lane level crossing in the residential area of Balderton, situated close to Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, UK.

The incident occurred when Nottinghamshire Police officers responded to concerns for the safety of a man shortly before 7:00PM on that fateful Thursday. In the line of duty, Sgt. Saville's heroic effort to save a life resulted in the tragic accident on the East Coast Mainline.

Another individual, a 29-year-old man, also suffered electrocution injuries and was promptly taken to the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police say.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Kate Meynell expressed her deep sorrow and extended condolences to Sgt. Saville's family.

She stated: "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."

Meynell emphasized the immeasurable loss suffered by those who admired and held Sgt. Saville in high esteem.

The chief constable continued by highlighting Sgt. Saville's bravery and dedication to his duty, underscoring the fact that he had lost his life while attempting to save another. She praised his service and sacrifice, noting that his legacy would endure as a testament to his commitment to public safety.

Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the UK, took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to pay his respects to Sgt. Saville.

He wrote: "I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Sergeant Saville. It is a testament to his bravery that he died in the line of duty and a terrible reminder of the work the police do every day to keep us safe. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the whole of Nottinghamshire Police Force."

An ongoing investigation into the incident is being led by the British Transport Police. 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 shared his grief on social media, stating: "He selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember him. Our thoughts are with Graham’s family & colleagues."

These sentiments were mirrored by College of Policing Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who reflected on the inherent risks and unwavering bravery displayed daily by police officers to safeguard the public.

As a mark of respect for Sgt. Saville's sacrifice, flags across the police force will be flown at half-mast. The family of the fallen officer has requested privacy during this difficult time.

Our thoughts at this time are with anybody affected by this tragedy.

Featured image credit: Hirurg/Getty