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This profile was last updated on 4/9/00  and contains information from public web pages.


Millbrae Police Department
Phone: (650) ***-****  HQ Phone
Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae , California 94030
United States


Employment History

  • Member, Department
Web References
Dave Chetcuti, 9 April 2000 [cached]
by his wife Gail Chetcuti & Captain Rob Dean
It was a profession that captivated his interest and his wife Gail nurtured it along, finally telling him that if it was what he wanted to do, then just go for it. He applied to and was accepted into the Millbrae Police Reserves in 1984 and the once a week riding of 4 hours that was required quickly turned into whole shifts of 8 hours, sometimes longer. He was smart enough to keep his mouth shut with eyes and ears wide open. He gravitated towards the officers who liked to "find things" and always wanted to work Friday and Saturday nights. Soon he was a very well respected officer who could always be counted on.
In 1987, the Alameda Sheriff's Office hired him full-time. He entered their academy, graduating in July, but his heart was in Millbrae. An opening there was offered to him and he became an officer for the Millbrae Police Department in December.
While building a reputation as a solid officer, he was ever the prankster at the station and with others he would meet in the course of his work. His humor brought levity to the stresses and strains of police work at the station.
Thus far, there has been no closure for Dave's three sons, nor his devoted wife Gail.
Gail has attended the State and National Memorial Ceremonies, plus attends the survivor organization "Concerns Of Police Survivors" meetings whenever possible to keep in contact with other survivors when things begin to get to tough to deal with.
Gail feels every much the victim, that she has been lied to and deliberately kept in the dark about what is going on and about future proceedings. The criminal has all the rights and gets whatever he wants. The D.A.'s, the judges and defense attorneys keep everything in motion, yet it is just one vicious circle with Gail looking in from the outside. She should have a major voice in many of the decisions, but often is left out and either reads about it in the newspaper or hears about it the day before it occurs. She is dedicated though to this proposition: Her fight won't stop until she has justice for the senseless and meaningless killing of her husband.
Through this myriad, unfamiliar world called the justice system, Gail is thankful for an organization like Citizens Against Homicide to help and assist in her fight to see that justice is done and that people like Marvin Sullivan aren't let go after they suddenly become sane again.
Wife of slain officer endures agonizing wait for justice, 24 July 2002 [cached]
Gail Chetcuti got up early Monday morning to watch the man accused of murdering her husband slip into insanity again.
She rose at 6:30, dressed and put on the ring she wears instead of her wedding band -- the one with two colored bands, one police blue, the other black.
She walked into the kitchen of the Millbrae home she once shared with her husband, David, to make some coffee -- past the wooden box with a replica of his Millbrae Police badge No. 6, past the family portrait with the couple and their three sons, assembled after his death, past the resolution naming in his honor the section of Highway 101 where he was gunned down on April 25, 1998.
Gail Chetcuti isn't sure why her husband decided to be a police officer.But by the time he joined the Millbrae department in 1987, it was a perfect fit.
"He had his scanner on 24 hours a day, and if something happened, he wanted to go," she said."His job was first, and we all knew that."
Chetcuti's last day was typical; it began with a quick breakfast of cold pizza and coffee, his wife recalled.
"I'm going to go out and find some action," he said, and walked out the door.
Hours later, Gail Chetcuti looked out her front door to see Millbrae Police Chief Mike Parker, Chetcuti's friend and fellow officer Robert Dean and a priest coming up the walk.
And Gail Chetcuti began her long wait.
"It's on your mind all the time," she said."I felt like the system failed."
Years passed.Chetcuti spent them traveling, attending police memorials and commemorations in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, she finally began going through photographs and making scrap books for each of her sons.
"It was hard, but once I got going on it, it's easier," she said."It helps me heal."
At 9:01 a.m. Monday, Gail Chetcuti sat down in San Mateo County Superior Court and watched Marvin Sullivan, dressed in a red jail jumpsuit and manacles,
A moment later, Chetcuti rose and returned to her long wait to see Sullivan punished in some way.
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