A Nottinghamshire police officer was killed after being struck by a train while attempting to save a man in distress who was on the tracks, the UK Guardian reported.
According to the British Transport Police, they received a report of a casualty on the tracks near Newark Northgate Station last Thursday evening. Police Sgt. Graham Saville, an officer at Newark police station, was struck by a train and suffered serious injuries as he was attempting to save the man on the tracks.
Another man at the Newark station suffered electrocution injuries following the incident. However, the injuries were not life-threatening.
Saville was rushed to Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham. But on Tuesday, he died of injuries.
In a statement after Saville’s death, Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Kate Maynell said Sgt. Saville was widely respected by his colleagues and described his line of duty death as “an enormous shock to us all.”
Chief Constable Maynell expressed the constabulary’s condolences to Saville’s family and said it was a “testament to his bravery” and his dedication as an officer that he died in an attempt to save the life of another.
The Nottinghamshire constabulary said that flags would be flown at half-staff throughout the force in respect for Saville.
UK Prime Minister Rushi Sunak honored Sgt. Saville in a post on X. Sunak said Saville’s death in the line of duty is “a testament to his bravery” and a reminder of what police “do every day to keep us safe.”
While a criminal investigation into Sgt. Saville’s death will not be opened, the British Transport Police are investigating the incident.
On Wednesday, the Nottingham Post reported that the JustGiving fundraising page set up for Sgt. Saville’s family exceeded its £100,000 goal, raising more than £106,000.