Tributes paid to Nottinghamshire police officer Sergeant Graham Saville who died saving man’s life

  • Chief Constable Kate Meynell has paid tribute to Sergeant Graham Saville

Tributes have been paid to the Nottinghamshire police officer who died after being hit by a train as he attempted to save a distressed man on the tracks.

Sergeant Graham Saville, a response officer based at Newark Police Station, suffered serious injuries after he was hit in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, on 24 August 2023.

The 46-year-old was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre and died on Tuesday, according to Nottinghamshire Police.

Tributes have been made to Sgt Saville by senior officers at the force as well as his local MP, the policing minister and the Home Secretary.

Paying respect to the Sgt Saville, Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “Today is a day of mourning for the entire police family.

The 46-year-old was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre and died on Tuesday, according to Nottinghamshire Police Credit: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE

“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."

Sergeant Graham Saville was responding to reports of a man in distress in Balderton when he was hit by a train. Credit: ITV Central

Nottinghamshire Football Association has also shared a tribute to the "good friend and role model", Mr Saville.

In a statement, it said: "Nottinghamshire Football Association would like to express sincere condolences to Graham’s family and friends, his police family, his football family and to everyone who knew him.

"Graham was a devoted family man, described as a good friend and role model; as well as protecting the people of Nottinghamshire during his working life, he also volunteered his time to manage and coach the u11 team at Ravenshead Reds FC.

"The County FA is supporting Ravenshead Reds FC, and on behalf of the club has requested a minute’s silence at all football games played over the coming days."

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak joined the tributes to Sgt Saville’s “bravery” and posted on X, previously known as Twitter: “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.”

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