Nottinghamshire Police bid an emotional farewell to Sergeant Graham Saville on Monday, 23 October. Hundreds gathered at Southwell Minster for the funeral service of the heroic police officer who tragically lost his life in the line of duty (scroll down for video)
Sergeant Saville, 46, was tragically struck by a train near Newark on 24 August while courageously trying to assist a distressed individual. He succumbed to his injuries five days later, leaving behind a devastated family.
The solemn procession that moved from The Burgage to Southwell Minster witnessed a poignant moment when over 50 of Graham’s colleagues formed a Guard of Honour, paying tribute to their fallen comrade as the hearse arrived at the cathedral church.
Major Pamela Ralph-Barratt, leading the service, shared touching words about the late sergeant, describing him as a truly unique individual.
“Graham was one of a kind,” she stated, emphasising his “thoughtful and caring” nature. “He was a team player and an amazing role model. Respected by all, he never missed an opportunity to give credit where it was due.”
Heartfelt tributes flowed throughout the service. PC Matthew Pugsley, a colleague from Radford Road Police Station, shared his memories, along with members of Graham’s family. In a statement released ahead of the service, the family expressed their profound sadness:
“At this tragic time it’s very difficult to find the right words to express the sadness and loss that we feel. Graham’s qualities made him not only an exemplary police officer but also a wonderful presence in our lives.
“His bravery, dedication, and the difference he made daily were immense. The outpouring of respect and support for Graham has deeply touched us. A void remains in his absence, but his memory remains forever in our hearts.”
Among the attendees were many of Graham’s colleagues from Nottinghamshire Police, reflecting the impact he had during his time with them.
Chief Constable Kate Meynell remarked on the significant turnout at the funeral, noting, “This has been an extremely difficult time…The loss of such a popular and well-respected colleague has affected all of us…He was an exceptional police officer, and we will continue to honour his memory.”
Starting his policing journey with the Metropolitan Police in 2013, Graham transferred to Nottinghamshire Police in February 2017. Most of his tenure with the force was at Radford Road Police Station as a response officer.
Beyond his service, he was a devoted family man, cherishing moments with his wife, two young children, and pets. A passionate mountain biker and runner, he also coached his son’s football team, leaving an indelible mark on many lives.
As the emergency services community reflects on the loss of a colleague, the legacy of Sergeant Graham Saville – a hero, a father, a colleague, and a friend – lives on.
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