The death of an officer who was killed after being struck by a train while attempting to help a frightened man on the tracks is not the subject of a criminal investigation by police.
In the incident in Balderton, close to Newark-on-Trent, on Thursday, August 24, Sergeant Graham Saville, a response officer assigned to the Newark police station, sustained critical injuries. He passed away in the hospital on Tuesday.
The investigation into the event, which resulted in the 29-year-old man on the train line receiving medical attention for electrical injuries, is being handled by British Transport Police.
It is acknowledged that in instances like this, emergency services would typically get in touch with Network Rail’s route control to make sure the rails were made safe before police officers tried to get on them.
It is also acknowledged that in some instances, emergency personnel may enter the railway without first making a call in order to save someone from immediate risk.
No information regarding what transpired or whether such a call was made to Network Rail was provided by British Transport Police.
Sgt. Saville, 46, the uncle of Joe Worrall, the captain of the Nottingham Forest football team, was transferred to Queen’s Medical Center where he passed away on Tuesday, according to Nottinghamshire Police.
More than £90,000 has been raised for the family of the “hugely respected” officer through a JustGiving website.
His efforts are described as the “epitome of policing bravery” on the crowdfunding campaign, which is seeking to raise £100,000 for charity.
According to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley, Sgt. Saville started his law enforcement career in London as a special constable before transitioning to the regular force and working in response and neighborhood teams.
Since his passing on Tuesday, tributes have poured in from top politicians and Nottinghamshire Police officers.
The death of the police officer in the line of duty is a “terrible reminder of the work the police do every day to keep us safe,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Sgt. Saville was a “hugely respected and popular colleague,” according to Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Kate Meynell, and his passing “came as an enormous shock to us all.”
She said: “He went to work on Thursday to safeguard the citizens of Nottinghamshire, and it is a credit to his bravery and dedication as a police officer that he was killed while attempting to save the life of another man.
We shall never forget his service and sacrifice.
It is said that “his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
In addition, Ms. Meynell thanked the cops who responded to the scene, some of whom gave “immediate medical assistance” while a waiting ambulance arrived.
Sir Mark paid tribute by stating that Sgt. Saville was hurt while exemplifying the highest standards of police work.
He acted courageously and selflessly by risking his life to save another.Graham’s loved ones, as well as his colleagues here at the Met and in Nottinghamshire, can rightfully be proud of him under these unbearable circumstances.
Network Rail opted not to respond.