An online fundraiser has been set up to support the family of a police officer who died after being hit by a train as he attempted to save a distressed man in the tracks.

Sergeant Graham Saville, a response officer in Nottinghamshire Police, sustained serious injuries when he was struck near Newark on August 24.

The 46-year-old died at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham Tuesday 29 August. 

A JustGiving page has been launched in support of Sgt Saville’s immediate family and has already raised more than £135,000.

The page has been set up by former Nottinghamshire Police officer Dan Fletcher, who describes Sgt Saville’s actions as “the epitome of policing bravery”.

Staffordshire Police Federation treasurer Claire Bond said: “The police service is one big family and the death of a colleague doing what brave cops do every day is felt by us all.

“Graham put the life of another human before himself, and in that split second made a decision to put another’s worth before himself and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“We have lost a brother, but our thoughts are with his family, his friends and those that loved him and were loved by him.”