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.
scanner on 24 hours a day, and if something happened, he
wanted to go," she
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
"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
"It's on your mind all the time," she
said."I felt like the system failed."
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
"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.