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Hero cop killed by train while helping man on tracks was a dad of two

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    A heroic police officer who was killed by a train while trying to help a man on the tracks was a father of two children.

    Last Thursday (August 24) Sergeant Graham Saville struggled to save a man who had been electrocuted near Bulpit Lane level crossing in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.

    The 46-year-old subsequently passed away in hospital.

    Colleagues at Nottinghamshire Police are said to have had huge "respect" for Graham, with the force flying its flag at half-mast in the wake of his death.

    Cops were deployed on Thursday to reports of a man in difficulty at around 7pm, before Graham was hit on the East Coast Mainline.

    Another man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening electrocution injuries.

    Tributes too have poured in for the fallen officer, including from high-ranking politicians.

    Prime Minister Rishi Sunak paid tribute saying: "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."

    A JustGiving page has gained huge momentum in recent days in a bid to support Graham's family with almost 5,000 people working hard to take it to its target of 100,000.

    Text on the post read: "This is an appeal to the community in order to assist the immediate family of the fallen police officer following a terrible ordeal whereby an officer has given his life in the line of duty whilst saving the life of another individual.

    "This is the epitome of policing bravery.

    "This fund will hopefully assist in many areas of their lives as they now come to terms with the tragic outcome. Hopefully one day in time it may help them move forward and bring them some comfort.

    "Please help us help this brave selfless officer's family. Please continue to give what you can."

    At the time of writing, the number sits close to £85,000.

    Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "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. 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."

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